A new Joint College, China Medical University – Queen’s University Belfast Joint 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 accordance 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. CQC delivers Queen’s degree programmes in English and is located in high-quality purpose built facilities on CMU’s new campus in Shenyang, Capital of Liaoning Province.
The initial undergraduate degrees (BSc Hons) are in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. By the year 2021, it is anticipated that a third degree programme will be in operation, leading to student numbers at the college reaching over 500. There are currently 6 Academic lecturing staff, 2 English language Teaching Associates and 2 administrative staff resident at the College; with an additional 3 staff based in Belfast. It is anticipated staff numbers will grow over the coming years as the College expands. Additional teaching is provided where appropriate, via short visits to the College by ‘Flying Faculty’ from Queen’s.
There are now approximately 400 students enrolled at CQC. Since the launch of the College in 2014/15, 93 students have graduated from CQC (37 in 2018; 56 in 2019) with Queen’s BSc degrees, and it is anticipated that in June 2020 over 70 students will graduate with Queen’s degrees. Many opportunities are available to CQC graduates thereafter, to enter into postgraduate courses within Queen’s University Belfast or elsewhere, or pursue careers in industry. To date, 37 CQC graduates have enrolled in postgraduate studies at Queen’s.
Queen’s also operate a 5-week student exchange programme in the students’ final year at CQC so that our students in Shenyang gain the full Queen’s experience. It is also anticipated that a reciprocal arrangement will take place in August 2020, with Queen’s students from Belfast undertaking a short exchange programme at CQC, Shenyang.
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.