Cardiff and Vale College welcomes Chinese students
Cardiff and Vale College recently welcomed a party of 12 students and eight teachers from China.
The students, aged between 15 and 18 and from the Shanxi Yuncheng Middle School near Beijing, took part in a month-long programme of courses and trips and visits.
Each morning the students had English tuition including reading and writing, speaking and listening. It was based around themes of technology, human body, environment, weather, crime and Welsh culture.
They also went trips to an Olympic football match, Barry Island, the cinema, Cardiff Castle and Big Pit. Weekend excursions included visits to London, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Oxford.
Speaking at a special graduation ceremony where each was given a pack and a lovespoon, the students talked about how they had loved the clear sky, fresh air, friendly people and visiting the beach at Barry Island.
One student said: “Our stay in Cardiff has been wonderful and unforgettable. Wherever we are we will never forget our British friends and hopefully we will be back.”
Mark Roberts, Cardiff and Vale College Vice Principal for Resources, Efficiency and Financial Planning thanked the students and told them: “Every member of staff has commented on how delightful it has been to be with you. They have been impressed by your politeness, your commitment, your hard work and your interest in everything we have done together over the last four weeks.
“They are sorry to say goodbye and ask that Ms Lei and your teachers let everyone know that you have been a credit to your schools, to your families and to China.”
The visit was organised by the College’s International Office, English for International department and Commercial Services department working in partnership with the Beijing Space Study Service. CAVC is at the vanguard of the Welsh Government’s drive to expand the links between Welsh colleges and China as part of the Wales-Chongqing Consortium. Representatives from Cardiff and Vale College’s International arm also travelled to Beijing last year to develop links and encourage a partnership where Chinese students take advantage of the courses on offer at the College.