5th July 2005





Eighteen senior leaders from Chinese universities will pay a visit to the University of Lincoln next week as part of a ten-week fact-finding tour of the UK.


The visitors, who come from Nan Kai University and a number of universities in Tianjin near Beijing, are in the UK to discuss leadership and management issues in higher education and to broaden their experience of the UK education system.


The delegates will spend the ten-week summer school based at the University of Leeds but they will visit the International Institute for Education Leadership (IIEL) at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday 13th July.


They will hear a lecture by Professor Jacky Lumby entitled Universities as Learning Organisations, a lecture on equal opportunities and diversity by Dr Marlene Morrison and a lecture entitled Developing Entrepreneurialism in Higher Education Leaders by Professor Andrew Atherton.


They will be given a tour of the university from 12 noon and a photo opportunity will be arranged during lunch between 12.45pm and 1.45pm in the Human Resources training room on the third floor of the main academic building at Brayford Pool.


The visitors include Professor Yang Xianjin, Vice President of Tianjin University, Dr Zhang Jinzhong, Vice President of Tianjin Medical University, Ms Suo Yuhua, Vice President of Tianjin University of Technology, Ms Li Kemin, Vice President of Tianjin Polytechnic University, and Mr Yang Jidi, Vice President of Tianjin Polytechnic University.


Professor Jacky Lumby, Professor of Education Leadership at the University of Lincoln who has co-ordinated the Lincoln visit, commented: "As China's economy and contacts with the West grow, forging links between our two countries is increasingly important. We are delighted to welcome this influential group and to share with them the work of the university.


Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the photo call. Please advise the press office on the number below if you wish to attend.


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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042 jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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