BA Accounting programme opening ceremony in Beijing

15 November 2013

BA Accounting programme opening ceremony in Beijing

Delegates from University of Reading joined Sir David Bell and staff from Beijing Institute of Technolgy in Beijing for the opening ceremony of the new, ground breaking BA in Accounting.

Delegates from University of Reading joined Sir David Bell and staff from Beijing Institute of Technolgy in Beijing for the opening ceremony of the new, ground breaking BA in Accounting.

A new BA Accounting degree delivered in Beijing in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Technology was successfully launched this October with the first cohort of 52 students. The Vice Chancellor of University of Reading, Sir David Bell led a delegation of 8 staff from the University of Reading and Henley Business School to meet the students in Beijing. The University of Reading student cards were handed over to the new students who also had the opportunity to interact with the Vice Chancellor and other staff members from Reading.

Sir David Bell led a delegation of 8 staff from the University of Reading and Henley Business School to meet the students in Beijing

Students under the collaborative programme of BIT and Reading will receive double degrees from both universities after successful completion of the programme.

Whilst in Beijing Sir David Bell spoke about evaluating the decreasing proportion of English in entrance examinations. A translation of the original article can be read below:

During his visit to meet the first cohort of students on the joint-collaboration programme between BIT and the University of Reading yesterday, Sir David Bell did a short speech to the students. He mentioned that studying and working in accounting is very popular in China and other countries, including the UK, and that by choosing this programme students were choosing a career with long-term perspective. He also discussed the challenges students may face in the following years, including getting used to studying in an English teaching environment.

This year, the University of Reading has accepted more than 650 Chinese students who are working hard and have performed excellently. “If there is anything that needs improving, I think it is English speaking skills, students need more confidence in speaking the language” said Sir David. To help students improve their language skills, support activities will be organised by University of Reading international student organisations, including CSSA.

From 2016, the Beijing Municipal Education Bureau will decrease the proportion of English in entrance examinations and many people are concerned that this will decrease enthusiasm in studying the English language and overseas study. Sir David Bell mentioned that education administration has its concerns about this but that, in the global environment, he believes no-one would dismiss studying an international language or ignore the opportunity to open the door and look outside their own country for career and study opportunities.

ZHANG Hang, Released by Beijing Evening Post on 6/11/2013

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