College secures funding to improve international dental healthcare training

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New College Lanarkshire has been selected to receive funding to develop its international dental training programmes from an initiative developed by the British Council and China’s Ministry of Education.

Designed to boost education partnerships, the initiative is the first-ever multi-lateral education collaboration between the UK, China and the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) countries and 28 universities across 12 countries will benefit.

The College, alongside its international partners Chifeng University in Inner Mongolia Province, Heze Medical College in Shandong Province, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences and the National University of the Philippines, was one of six partnerships selected from over 100 global applications for the funding.

The funding has been offered to support education collaboration in areas including dental healthcare, food safety, intelligent manufacturing, renewable energy and global leadership.

For New College Lanarkshire, the funding will be used to develop an innovative dental healthcare training programme internationally, enhancing and expanding its existing offering to include new partners and curriculum, creating a multi-lateral higher education link between all partner countries and addressing the internationalisation agenda of all partner institutions.

Hazel Scott, International Activities Manager at New College Lanarkshire, said: “It is a great accomplishment for our international partnerships to receive this funding, which will go a long way in developing our already reputable dental offering overseas.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners to achieve fantastic results and improve dental healthcare training across the world.”

Hazel recently joined Assistant Head of Faculty for Care and Science, Jennifer Lowe, at the first partnership meeting held at Chifeng University in China. This allowed partner introductions as well as objective and outcome setting for the project.

Representatives from winning partners then attended a formal launch event of the initiative in Beijing in May, hosted by the British Council and China’s Ministry of Education.

New College Lanarkshire undertakes a range of international activities. For more information, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/business-support/international

For more information about the funding, visit: https://www.britishcouncil.cn/en/programmes/education/seeding

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