Dr Greta Bosch and Dr Shaun Curtis, Director of International Exeter, with some of the students who are attending the summer school in Beijing.

Beijing summer school attracts Exeter students

Leading institutions the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and the University of Exeter will once again celebrate their strong partnership as 22 students travel from Exeter to Beijing this July to attend a summer school in the Chinese capital.

The first such summer school was held in Beijing last year, and CUPL students will be attending Exeter’s first summer school at the same time in order to follow a bespoke programme in Law.

CUPL is generally regarded as the top-ranked university for Law in China, and as in 2009 Exeter students studying Law and the Social Sciences and going to CUPL will be accompanied by members of academic staff keen to develop research links. 

Dr Greta Bosch, lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter said, ‘Our students are very excited about visiting Beijing in July.  At Exeter we are committed to fostering an academic experience that is international in outlook. This programme represents a unique opportunity for our students to visit partner university CUPL, and to participate in an academically and culturally enriching experience. At Exeter we recognise the importance of Study Abroad as a means of enhancing life and employability skills already developed at the University, and I am delighted that financial assistance has been provided by Exeter under its Internationalisation Strategy to help students achieve this dream’.

The three week Summer School will run from 11 to 31 July and is built around daily lectures – including comparative study of e.g. Chinese and UK law, Chinese policy affecting the European Union, Human Rights Law – and various cultural excursions. CUPL is also organising visits to various non-Governmental organisations and talks by law companies.

Prof Zhu Yong, the Vice President of CUPL, said ‘Following the success and enthusiastic response to last year’s programme we welcome this year’s students and staff from the University of Exeter. This is an excellent opportunity to build upon the already strong ties between our two institutions, and to develop further both research linkages as well as the interchange of students.’

Prior to the summer school the University of Exeter provides Mandarin language and Chinese culture training. A ‘buddy system’, whereby CUPL designates students to help team up with Exeter students on arrival, helps Exeter students and staff to settle in.

Date: 13 July 2010

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