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Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has shared their expertise, award-winning practices and league table topping outcomes with their partner college in China. Staff and 11 students from the Jiangsu Food and Pharmaceutical Science College in Jiangsu visited the college for a two-week programme of English lessons, taster sessions and to experience life in Basingstoke and the UK.
Since 2013, the two colleges have held an annual summer school programme developing a strong partnership that has seen much collaboration and the sharing of best practice. The colleges work together in pursuance of common objectives to enhance the cultural and business aspect of the institutes they represent.
BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo who has led the college’s international development programme said: “We have always seen this as a two-way partnership where our expertise and know-how are fully utilised to develop the English skills and advanced technical skills of our international visitors. However, this is very much a reciprocal partnership. There is much we can learn from the Chinese way of teaching and learning and when you firmly believe, as we do, that you can always improve your practice, then this partnership is as equally beneficial to the entire team here at BCoT as it is to our colleagues from Jiangsu.”
While studying in Basingstoke the Chinese students attended a number of specialist lessons in the college’s outstanding facilities, experiencing the many industries BCoT is renowned for providing first-class training for, including Hair, Beauty, Hospitality and Animal Management. To give a taste of British life and culture they also enjoyed afternoon tea at BCoT’s restaurant, a tour of Basingstoke and had a number of days out, visiting London, Bath, Winchester, Windsor and the University of Oxford.
Commenting on the experience Jiangsu Food and Pharmaceutical Science College student Xu Liangquan said: “What impressed me the most in the past two weeks was the many places to go. Windsor and the changing of the guard was my favourite and we went boating, which I really enjoyed. Our English teacher was very friendly and very helpful too.”