Barnsley College recently paid host to staff from the largest residential estate developer in the People’s Republic of China.
Senior staff from the Vanke Architectural research Centre, made a visit to Barnsley College ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’. Vanke is arguably the largest domestic house building company in the world, which develops and manages estates across 20 cities in China and has its headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
Two members of staff were undertaking a fact finding mission to the ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’ at the College’s Honeywell Campus site, in connection with their planning for an innovation centre and low carbon park in Beijing, China.
Huang Cheng, Vanke Construction Research Centre Manager said “We had a very warm reception, and a fantastic experience in Barnsley. We left with a very good impression of the Think Low Carbon Centre. In my experience, there is no project to have the same high quality construction level in China. We plan to have a similar facility in our visitor centre in Beijing”
Chinese colleagues had a guided tour of the ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’ and were given an insight into the College’s wider training and development programmes, and were able to witness first hand how advanced technologies have been combined within arguably Europe’s most advanced low carbon construction centre of its type. The Think Low Carbon Centre is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2.75 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-2013. The remainder of the project is being funded by the College.
Neil Brown, Barnsley College’s International Director, who hosted the visit said: “The interest in the Think Low Carbon Centre continues to grow internationally, and the fact that the worlds’ biggest house builder is keen to examine the technical capability we have at the College is something we should be very proud of. Our Chinese guests were incredibly impressed, and they hope to emulate the quality and technical complexity of the centre in the innovation centre they build in China’
Barnsley College continues to develop business opportunities and partnerships overseas, as part of its drive to grow international business and encourage international students to study specialist Higher Education courses in the town.
For more information about this and the international courses available from January 2013 at Barnsley College please visit www.barnsley.ac.uk/international. For information about the Think Low Carbon Centre visit www.thinklowcarbon.org.uk
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