Dr Gita Sedghi, coordinator of the exchange programme in Liverpool, explains the benefits of these exchanges to everyone involved.
The University of Liverpool is a globally-focused institution with a long international history in both research and teaching. The university has a global brand strengthened by our partnerships, for example being able to study for a University of Liverpool degree in London and Singapore, and studying abroad in countries around the world.
Through our internationalisation strategy, we aim to build on our position as a “top 200 global university”. Our approach is to give opportunities to work with the best partners worldwide and to create exceptional learning experiences for our students.
In 2006, the University of Liverpool – in partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong University – founded Xi’an Jiatong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou China. From 2012, Chemistry started accepting Chinese students entering the second year studies directly from a partner institution to Liverpool. Students on certain Liverpool programmes can spend their 2nd year of study at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU).
From 2014, Chemistry started sending Liverpool students to XJTLU to study for a year/a semester in China. During Year 2 at XJTLU, students take courses, which are fully taught in English, closely linked to their curriculum in Liverpool.
The experience of exchange in the Department of Chemistry has been amazing. It is interesting to see how much the XJTLU students or any other inbound students change in terms of both personality and English proficiency when English is not their first language.
One of the international inbound students in Liverpool talked about her experiences in Liverpool in one of my tutorial sessions, which brought tears to our eyes. She said that before she came to Liverpool she was a little girl who cried when coming across any issues but study abroad made her a mature person who was ready to go back to her country to take on any challenges.