CAVC welcomes Chinese education experts

10 October 2014

Cardiff and Vale College welcomes Chinese education experts

Cardiff and Vale College has welcomed a delegation of Chinese education experts to discuss how to forge stronger links between the College and education institutions in China.

The 24 delegates were welcomed by Principal and Chief Executive Mike James, Deputy Principal Kay Martin and Vice Principal for Commercial Development Mary Kent. In a meeting at the College’s Dumballs Road 2 site, opposite the £45m landmark new campus CAVC is building in time for the 2015-16 academic year, information was shared about the College’s services and thriving international work.

CAVC already has strong links with China, working closely with an agent in Beijing. The College holds regular two to four-week Winter and Summer Schools in January, February, March, July and August. Groups of 20-plus Chinese students aged 14-19 come to CAVC and have English lessons before joining an A Level class in the morning with an afternoon of cultural excursions.

The College also has a busy International Department, offering a wide range of courses and support to students from China and the rest of the world.

Zoe Zhou of the Chinese Association for Non-Government Education’s Business Development section said she thought the trip to CAVC was extremely valuable to the delegation.

“The visit was really useful,” Zoe said. “We obtained lots of information about vocational education and English language training, which is really helpful for promoting the co-operation between CAVC and Chinese education institutions. We will be very happy to carry out programmes in the fields of vocational training and English language training.”

Zoe added that the meeting heralded good prospects for the College and the Chinese education system collaborating together in future.

“Before we visited CAVC we already had a detailed introduction from CAVC’s Beijing agent,” she explained. “We knew that CAVC has a high reputation in the UK – especially in the areas of vocational education, A Level teaching and language training. We really hope to co-operate with CAVC and send more students to the College.”

Mike James, Principal and Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale College also welcomed the Chinese Delegation’s visit: “This link with China provides an excellent opportunity to generate more income for the College that can really support our work in Cardiff and the Vale. Growth in the FE sector is all about finding new markets and new ways to make additional money that can then be used to boost our provision for the learners and the communities that we serve.”