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British universities forge partnerships in China

University of Central Lancashire

Two British universities have unveiled plans to launch joint programmes with Chinese institutions.

The deals were announced during a visit by university minister David Willetts to the country last week.

The University of Central Lancashire will establish a joint media centre with Hebei University in Baoding. Bangor University, meanwhile, will create Bangor College in the city of Changsha in partnership with the Central South University of Forestry and Technology.

The colleges will both start offering programmes from September.

In other news, Isis Innovation, a consultancy business owned by the University of Oxford, has won a job as lead consultant to develop Muscat University – a private not-for-profit institution in Oman, set to open in 2016.

The university is intended to produce graduates who can grow local businesses. Isis Innovation will help devise its organisational structure, academic delivery plan and marketing strategy.

Managing director Tom Hockaday said: “Isis is delighted to participate in such a major role for this project. The metrics for success include the establishment by Muscat University of strong business links and of spin-off companies, both areas in which we have extensive experience.”

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