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A new Joint College, the China Queen’s College (CQC), has been established by Queen’s University Belfast in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through a long-standing friendship between Queen’s School of Pharmacy and the China Medical University (CMU), one of the foremost medical universities in China. CQC is a College which has the full approval from the China Ministry of Education (MoE) and has been created in accord with the MoE ‘Cooperation in Running Schools’ (CIRS) Regulations.

CQC recruits students from the top tier (Band 1) Gaokao examinations in China and delivers Queen’s degrees complying with UK Quality Assurance standards in high-quality purpose built facilities on CMU’s new campus in Shenyang, Capital of Liaoning Province. Since the launch of the College in 2014, there are approximately 150 students studying various courses and it is projected that by 2018/19 the CQC population will reach 600 undergraduate students taking a range of Queen’s University undergraduate degree programmes.

CQC delivers Queen’s degree programmes in English from purpose-designed buildings provided by CMU on its new campus. The initial undergraduate degrees (BSc) are in Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering. By the year 2020, degree programmes in Biomedical Sciences and Biological Sciences will be in operation, leading to student numbers at the college reaching 1,000. There are five academic staff resident at the College plus administrative staff. This will also grow to 15 permanent academic staff by 2025. Additional teaching is provided where appropriate, via short visits to the college by ‘Flying Faculty’ from Queen’s. Resident CQC staff expertise will enable them to teach additionally in other existing and new Queen’s collaborations across China. The College will also recruit students from countries outside China, in areas such as Malaysia, South Korea and India.

The first students will graduate from CQC in July 2018, with many opportunities thereafter for CQC graduates to enter onto postgraduate courses at Queen’s Schools in Belfast. Queen’s will also operate student exchange programmes in the student’s final year in CQC so that our students in Shenyang gain the full Queen’s experience.

In addition, CQC will become a vibrant and highly active centre of research for Queen’s within China. CMU has a vibrant research community and Queen’s staff are already collaborating and publishing in a number of areas within the health sciences. It is anticipated that this relationship will be further strengthened, allowing Queen’s to further improve their international links, and to continue with a programme of world-leading, life-saving research.

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