Forging international links


Students could soon be reaping further bene ts of international links developed in partnership with SRC Bede Sixth Form.

e college in Billingham welcomed a special visit from Lotus Guan, Director of the Shaanxi ProvinceService Centre for Scholarly Exchange in Xi’an, China.

International Manager Sissi Liu-Covell said: “ e purpose of the visit was two-fold, deepening the partnership with SRC Bede, and investigating vocational cooperation opportunities between Stockton Riverside College and a Chinese vocational college, Shaanxi College of Communication Technology.”

SRC Bede Sixth Form currently has five international students from China studying at the college.

Sissi said: “A levels are international qualifications that are accepted all over the world.”

Given SRC Bede’s great results and Good Ofsted rating, she said, the college can be an attractive option for Chinese students looking to study in the UK.

As for the bene ts to the college and all of its students, Sissi said: “It o ers more international diversity, offering our students the chance
to experience and further understand the Chinese culture. It also helps further challenge students in some A level subjects.”

During the two-day whistle-stop visit, Lotus, the director of the Shaanxi scholarly exchange

service, met with managers, sta and current international students at SRC Bede Sixth Form. She called on host families and visited e Skills Academy, NETA and Stockton Riverside College’s Teesdale campus.

Director of SRCBede,RickWells,said: “Lotus is a good friend of mine whom I have known for nine years, but this is the first opportunity I have had to welcome her to my home.

“I know that Stockton Riverside College and SRC Bede Sixth Form will continue to have a very successful partnership with Lotus in the coming years.”

Meeting with Stockton Riverside College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Phil Cook, to discuss potential further co-operation opportunities in the future, Lotus also got to share a spot of traditional afternoon tea.

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