HBU/UCLan School of Media Communication and Creative Industries

UCLan is proud to announce that following receipt of the Chinese Ministry of Education approval, together with our partner Hebei University, we will be creating the joint non independent status ‘HBU/UCLan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries’.

Hebei University (HBU) is located in Baoding, approximately 36 minutes by the new fast train, from Beijing. The city is becoming a commuter base for Beijing and is in a Province with a total population of over 77 million people.

The first cohort of students will enrol in September 2014 in a building specifically allocated for the new School on HBU’s new campus. The new school will accommodate upto 800 students when at full capacity.

Academic programmes will initially be offered in conjunction with UCLan’s School of Art, Design and Performance and the School of Journalism and Media. Students enrolled can complete the full degree in China or split it between China and UCLan’s Preston Campus.

The programmes offered will be;
• BA (Hons) Advertising
• BA (Hons) Animation
• BA (Hons) Graphic Design
• BA (Hons) Interior Design
• BA (Hons) Media Production and Technology
• BA (Hons) Media and Film and Production

The partnership has been officially sanctioned by the Chinese Ministry of Education and will build on UCLan’s already successful track record in China where the University has worked for over 20 years.

Vice President Graham Baldwin said:
“This is the most significant development for UCLan in China for over a decade and we are privileged to be one of the first UK universities to gain approval for a project of this nature under China’s new Ministry of Education policies.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Hebei University who are the leading university in the province and have a fantastic track record of academic excellence of their own. It has taken less than 24 months from UCLan’s first visit to HBU to gaining official approval for the HBU/UCLan School – an astonishing achievement based largely on the concerted efforts of both institutions’ staff to build this relationship.

“This new international partnership model builds on our existing international programme which has seen the launch of our award-winning campus in Cyprus alongside plans to develop new markets in Mauritius. The increasing internationalisation of higher education will bring wonderful opportunities for UK students and international students alike and we are delighted to be playing our part in its continued growth.”

Wang Fengming, Vice President of Hebei University said:

“The founding of the HBU-UCLan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries is a significant milestone in the internationalization of Hebei University. It will significantly enhance the comprehensive strength and promote the future development of our institution. The establishment of this school received great support from the Chinese Ministry of Education and the provincial government and sets a good example for the educational reform of not only Hebei but also the whole of China.

The new school will fully integrate the academic advantages and educational characteristics of the two partner universities and strive to foster all-rounded talents equipped with an international outlook and well-versed in creative culture theories and modern media technology.”

Jazreel Goh, Director of Education Marketing for the British Council China said:

“The HBU/UCLan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries is the first UK-China joint centre in Hebei. It’s an exciting new venture that brings together the UK’s innovative creative industries with the wealth of opportunities that China has to offer. The new School is a great platform for HBU and UCLAN to share ideas and collaborate across a range of areas, as well as providing opportunities for student and academic exchanges.”