Friday, 21 November 2014

Partnership Between Information School and Wuhan University Launched

The Information School has established a collaborative partnership with Wuhan University’s School of Information Management.

Wuhan University is a top 10 University in China and a member of Project 211 and Project 985.  The School of Information Management at Wuhan was founded in 1920 and is China’s leading school in the field. Both the Information School and Wuhan’s School of Information Management are members of the prestigious international iSchools movement.

The partnership between the two schools is a collaborative education programme which aims to bring 20 students from Wuhan University’s School of Information Management to study on postgraduate courses in the Information School each year. Students from Wuhan who have completed the third year of the undergraduate degree programme will be able to apply for a place to study on one of four courses taught at the Information School:

  • MSc Digital Library Management
  • MSc Information Management
  • MSc Information Systems
  • MA Librarianship

On successful completion of their course at the Information School, the students will be awarded both an undergraduate degree from Wuhan University and a postgraduate degree from the University of Sheffield.

The partnership was developed by Dr Miguel Nunes of the Information School, over a period of five years. The relationship started with a visit to Wuhan in 2009, hosted by Professor Chuanfu Chen, then Dean and now University Provost, and was further developed through Information School PhD alumni Dr Lihong Zhou, who was supervised by Dr Nunes, and is now Associate Professor at Wuhan.

The partnership will be formally launched in November 2014 when Head of School Professor Val Gillet, Wuhan Programme Coordinator Dr Miguel Nunes and Information Management Deputy Programme Coordinator Dr Angela Lin visit Wuhan University.  They will visit the University on 24 November and will meet with Deans and the Head of the International Office before delivering a presentation to students at Wuhan’s School of Information Management.  Speaking ahead of the School’s visit to Wuhan, Professor Val Gillet said:

“The Information School is delighted to be working with Wuhan University.  We look forward to a positive partnership over the years to come, and to welcoming students from Wuhan during the next academic year.  As one of China’s top information schools, we are also keen to explore other partnership opportunities with Wuhan beyond our current agreement.”

In addition to visiting Wuhan University during their trip to China, Professor Gillet, Dr Nunes and Dr Lin will also visit Nanjing University’s School of Information Management and the School of Information Resources Management at the University of Renmin, Beijing.

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