Lecturers from three universities across China have said farewell to staff and students from New College Lanarkshire after spending over a month at the College on an educational programme.
The group of nine lecturers who specialise in areas such as dental nursing, general nursing and other life science courses came to visit the College’s state-of-the-art dental school in the Coatbridge campus.
They took part in classroom observations, went on placement visits and visited a college partner, the University of Stirling.
Two lecturers came from Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities in Guangxi Province (Southern China), four from Chifeng University in Inner Mongolia (North Eastern China) and three from Jiangsu Vocational College of Nursing in Jiangsu Provence (Eastern China).
The group’s focus was to experience different teaching methods and practices within Dental Nursing, along with learning more about Scotland and the wider UK.
They experienced shopping in the city of Glasgow, visited local Chinese restaurants, dined at the College’s training restaurant at a murder mystery evening and went ten-pin bowling. They also had VIP seats at the College’s recent graduation ceremony.
They also made trips to London, Manchester, York, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Some of the visitors commented: “42 days in Scotland at New College Lanarkshire has given me warm, happy memories. I experienced funny weather, nice people and a great college.
“It was such a great learning experience which changed the way I think about teaching.
“I hope I can visit again.”
Jennifer Lowe, assistant head of faculty for Care and Science, said: “It was a privilege to host the delegation of Chinese teachers at the Dental School of New College Lanarkshire. They were a group of highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals who integrated well with staff and learners.
“Their presence in the School provided staff and learners with a great insight into Chinese culture and the Chinese work ethic, and provided the School with a greater understanding of how the teachers plan to implement Dental Nursing into the Nursing curriculum in China.
“During their last few days at NCL there was sadness that the six week visit had passed as quickly, with the delegation stating that they thoroughly enjoyed the full educational and cultural experience afforded to them by the College.
“The delegation have returned safety, and will continue to raise the international profile for New College Lanarkshire as the teachers deliver the Dental Nursing qualification to students in China.”
New College Lanarkshire has a number of overseas partnership agreements. The dental nursing programme partnership aims to provide an educational training programme for Chinese partners.