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SBC hosts the Second Annual Conference and Learning and Teaching Forum

SBC hosts the Second Annual Conference and Learning and Teaching Forum


The Sino-British College, USST Second Annual Conference and Learning and Teaching Forum was successfully held on 26-27 October 2017. 

The Conference was hosted by SBC in association with British Council and Greenleaf Publishing. It is designed to provide a platform for discussion of key contemporary issues in higher education, particularly those relating to engineering, business, pedagogy, cross-cultural education and transnational education (TNE).

Held on the morning of 26 October, Professor John Wilson, Principal and CEO of SBC and Professor Tian Weifeng, Vice-President of USST and Dean of SBC, extended a warm welcome on behalf of the College.  In her welcome speech, Professor Tian Weifeng said “The Conference provides an opportunity to explore critically contemporary issues in higher education, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the past years to consider what lessons we can learn to inform our practices over the future development.”

Professor Linda Liu, Vice-Dean of SBC, Dr Liu Bin, Secretary of the Joint General Party Branch and Deputy Director of Campus Management Committee, USST and Honorary Professor Matthew Knowles, Area Director East China, British Council, British Consulate-General in Shanghai, attended the Opening Ceremony. Professor Matthew Knowles gave his warmest congratulations to the success of SBC achieved over the past years in his speech.

In addition, four keynote speakers were invited to attend the Conference, Professor Xi YouminExecutive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Professor Marie Harder, China National Thousand Talents Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Fudan University, Professor Kevin Kerrigan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Dean of Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University and Professor Mike Mannion, Assistant Vice-Principal (Academic), Glasgow Caledonian University and Visiting Professor Sino-British College.

Professor Xi Youmin gave his speech entitled “Imaging future education and society-Syntegration and Symbiosis Windsor consultation”. He explored the topic of cross-cultural leadership based on complexity, including globalization, connected world, muti-cultural context and Uncertainly Ambiguity Complexity Changeability (UACC). He had in depth discussed the exploration of university for future with the example of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU).

Professor Marie Harder gave her speech entitled “How to make Shared Values Tangible – a must for Sustainable Development”. She introduced the sustainable developmentmethodology and discussed the connection with education and values.

Another distinguished keynote speaker Professor Kevin Kerrigan talked about bringing the real world into the classroom. He analyzed the obstacles to widespread clinical learning and shared ideas related to cross-cultural education and transnational education.

The last keynote speaker Professor Mike Mannion gave his speech entitled “Managing the Risk of Part-Time Work on Patterns of Student Engagement”.  He considered the Part-time extra-curricular work can have an impact on a student’s academic engagement and performance, the development of a work experience portfolio, and on their personal and professional development.

Following the initial announcement this year, 35 submissions of papers and presentations from our UK partner universities and other educational institutions as well as within the SBC faculty were accepted to present at the Conference. A wide range of topics have been discussed during the two-day event, from approaches adopted by different educational institutions, for instance with regards to pedagogy and the curriculum, in developing and measuring particular graduate characteristics,  the different international, sectoral and discipline experiences in relation to the development of particular characteristics, and ideas as to likely future national and international developments in key discipline areas and in cross-cultural education and TNE. The second day of the Conference, i.e. the Learning and Teaching Forum, included a Workshop and the discussions were informed by excellent contributions from colleagues at NCUK Centres.

Apart from participants from other institutions, the Conference was also attended by faculty and students at SBC. Chaokai Zhang and Tingjie Pang, year 4 engineering students at SBC, gave a presentation entitled “A study into student’s perspective on attendance and personal study”, led by Dr  Joanna Sessford of the  School of Engineering and Computing. They investigated the factors influencing  attendance and based the paper on a student survey and interviews. They  recommended ways by which students’ study experience may be improved.

The Conference was very well received by all participants.

Professor John Wilson said “I am very grateful to the British Council and Greenleaf Publishing for supporting the Conference, to our distinguished keynote speakers, to all colleagues, from within and external to SBC, who participated in or helped organise the Conference and to the student helpers. Thanks to everyone’s efforts the Conference and Learning and Teaching Forum were very successful, enjoyable and informative. ”