STUDENTS were given a taste of life studying in China when a leading educational figure swapped the Far East for the North- East to visit a town college.
Teenagers at Hartlepool Sixth Form College were urged to take on their studies in Asia at the English-speaking Sino-British College (SBC), in Shanghai.
Chris Bayley, director of international development at SBC, held three presentations in the college yesterday and explained to students the opportunities available by studying an English degree in China.
He was also welcomed by town Mayor Stuart Drummond who joined him for the first of his presentations and urged town students to take the opportunity on offer. Mr Bayley originally visited China for a two-week holiday but fell in love with the place and has lived there for the last 15 years,
He said: “We are trying to build partnerships with British colleges and let students know about the opportunities in Shanghai.
“It’s a chance for students to study a British degree in China, to come to Shanghai, learn Chinese and at get prepared for endless job opportunities.”
“This hasn’t always been possible in the past but now it is and it’s a chance of some incredible life experiences learning about a completely different culture.”
Mayor Drummond added: “Our town has built up an outstanding educational system and we are attracting visitors from all over the world.
“This is opening doors to our students such as this, which has endless possibilities.
“I would highly recommend to our students that they look into this and go and experience it, the opportunities will be endless.”
Hartlepool already has one representative at SBC. Teenager Gary Swinbourne, who studied at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, recently made the move to Asia after being wowed by the opportunities on offer.
Chang Zhang, leader of Chinese studies at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “We are trying to establish a project which will have an impact on our students and make them realise just how excellent an opportunity this is for them.”