BA Accounting programme opening ceremony, Beijing

15 November 2013

BA Accounting programme opening ceremony, 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:

“I met many Chinese students who study hard with good writing skills. However, I think they need to improve more in spoken communication skills. They need more confidence in speaking out”. Commented by Sir David Bell, when he was meeting the first cohort of Joint-collaboration program students between BIT and University of Reading yesterday.

Sir David Bell gave a short speech to BIT-Reading programme students and mentioned that as a subject Accounting is very popular not only in China but also in other countries including UK. Choosing this program is choosing the perspective career. He also pointed out difficulties that the students may face, including becoming familiar with the English teaching environment in the following years.

The University of Reading accepted more than 650 Chinese students this year. They are working hard and performed very well. “If there is something needing to be improved, I think it is English speaking”. Aiming at helping the students to improve their language communication skills, many activities will be organised by the Reading international student organisations, including CSSA.

Looking forwards, Beijing Municipal Education Bureau will decrease the proportion of English in Entrance Examinations. Many people worry this will decrease the enthusiasm of English language study and of overseas study. Sir David Bell mentioned that the Education Administration has its own concern and consideration about the English language study. However, in the global environment nobody will refuse an internationalised language in the same way nobody will refuse the opportunity to open the door to look at outside."

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

 

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