Colleges Sign Chinese Partnership Agreement - Including Derby College

Derby, United Kingdom, November 12, 2010 --( Representatives from Further and Higher Education (FHE) colleges from South West China have signed a Memoranda of Understanding with East Midlands colleges, including Derby College.

Seventeen principals and vice principals from Chongqing Municipality and Sichuan Province in China spent the week in the East Midlands, visiting colleges in the region and their visit included a day at The Roundhouse in Derby.

The purpose of the visit was to establish “close education and commercial links together in future”.

The visit was organised by the East Midlands Vocational Education and Training (EMVET) consortium, with support from the East Midlands Development Agency’s (Emda) East Midlands China Business Bureau (EMCBB).

The bureau provided support in terms of planning and funding, and introduced EMVET to key organisations in the FHE and vocational training sectors.

Geoff Scaplehorn, co-ordinator of EMVET, said: "There are significant opportunities for East Midlands based colleges to work with their Chinese counterparts and this week marks the start of an exciting new era.

"The East Midlands China Business Bureau has provided invaluable support to EMVET, enabling us to establish exciting and innovative new partnerships between colleges in both the East Midlands and South West China."

Derby College
Sarah Jenkin-Jones
01332 387426