Reporter 415, 23 February 1998
You worry about so many things when you become a student, says Eric Jing, President of the Universitys Taiwanese Society. But Ive been to a lot of universities in Britain and Leeds is the best. Its a cheap place to live with a very good reputation and good amenities it even has Chinese supermarkets.
Not everything Eric has to say about Leeds is positive Why arent the rooms in halls linked to the computer network? but finding out about the highs and lows of life as an international student is part of the Universitys International Recruitment Initiative (IRI). In his new role as Principal Adviser (East Asia), Professor Don Rimmington has talked to students including Eric and Sarah Cheung, President of the Chinese Society. Talking to students has been invaluable, he said. Its a great insight into whats important to students when they decide where to study.
For the next two months Don will be based at Hong Kong Baptist University. Leeds and Baptist are founding members of the David Lam East West Institute (LEWI), which promotes co-operation with Chinese universities, and Leeds now has its own office at Baptist. As well as taking up a LEWI Fellowship, as our man in East Asia Don will be meeting contacts, exploring recruitment and distance-learning prospects and helping to raise the Universitys profile in Hong Kong, Taiwan and south China. In Taiwan, Leeds will also be working through the World Education Group (WEG), a consortium involving Leeds, Warwick, Birmingham and Oxford Brookes.
Another key asset in East Asia is our alumni; Taiwanese alumni recently met the Pro-Chancellor, and underlined their commitment to supporting the University.
China the slumbering giant offers huge long-term potential for both student recruitment and academic collaboration.
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