Introduction to The University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC)
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by The University of Nottingham with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.
We offer degree programs from The University of Nottingham, taught in English, which are subject to the same quality assurance processes as in the UK. The University of Nottingham is in the top one percent of more than 7,500 higher education institutions worldwide and league tables consistently rank the University highly. With campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, Nottingham is a world-class university with a truly global perspective.
Ningbo is located in Zhejiang province on the south shore of Hangzhou Bay, opposite Shanghai. 7,000 years old, populated with more than six million people and covering more than 1,000 square kilometres, Ningbo is a rapidly growing city. Ranked in the top ten of cities for business in China by Forbes, it is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment.
Due to Ningbo’s eventful and lengthy past, it was ranked in 1986 as a famous historic and cultural city by the People’s Republic of China.
Ningbo has a number of shopping malls and areas which have a variety of international chains and high street fashion outlets. Wanda Plaza, Tianyi Square and New Oriental Plaza are popular destinations to come across the likes of Zara, H & M, Marks & Spencer, Levis, UniQlo and many fashionable Chinese outlets.
Alongside a number of international restaurants, Ningbo possesses an array of outlets serving a wide variety of Chinese food from different regions, with Ningbonese a typical speciality. Chinese food is not all spicy so don’t worry if you’re not a fan of chilies, there are plenty of options.
Coffee has grown to become very popular in China and with this, has come the rise of coffee shops. Coffee shops can be found on most streets in Ningbo with Starbucks and Costa Coffee among the most popular. Trendy outlets such as ‘Sugar Plate’ often offer free wi-fi and a nice atmosphere to stop and have a relaxing break.
Many international styled pubs and bars reside in an area called Laowaitan, Ningbo’s ‘Old Bund’. Laowaitan is an area of Ningbo situated next to the river, offering international cafes, restaurants and bars. The cobbled streets are frequently occupied by students and Ningbo’s expat community.
The great number of lakes in Ningbo provide ample opportunity to take out boats, whether it be a pedalo or your own canoe. There are also designated cycling tracks in scenic spots such as Dongqian Lake.
The welcome programme, which takes place in the week after registration, combines practical events and social activities. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet new friends from across the world, as well as members of staff.
You’ll also have the opportunity to settle into your new surroundings whilst completing some useful tasks such as opening a bank account.
The Vis-a-Vis Programme runs alongside the welcome programme as well as through the academic year, providing monthly events for first-year students. Set up as a ‘buddy’ system, new students are matched with continuing students in order to help them settle in and develop a good social and supportive network.
You will find our campus vibrant and welcoming, with lots of opportunities to get involved in events and activities that interest you.
Life on Campus
With more than 40 clubs and societies there’s something for everyone to get involved with.
Some of the clubs and societies are listed below:
My Channel is a TV-focused organisation. Visual programmes are produced in co-operation with other societies, or, independently. Here you can achieve your goal of developing your media skills. At the same time, you will be able to produce video material that preserves your memories of your time at the University.
Dedicated to the art of creating original movies, the society has shot seven films, including: “Every love has a secret”;,“Exchange” and “Perfect crime”. Films were shown at the Art festival and have proved popular among students and staff. The society has held a short film competition, with winning works being shown to a wide audience of students.
Calligraphy and Chinese Painting
The Society of Calligraphy and Chinese Painting is not only a society where students can learn and share calligraphy and painting skills, but also a bridge between Chinese students and international friends. Regular activity is held once every week or two. and professional calligraphy and painting experts are often invited.
Academic and career based societies
AIESEC has 60 years of experience in developing high-potential youth into globally minded responsible leaders. Present in over 107 countries and territories, 1,700 top universities and with over 45,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation. Focused on providing an international platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. AIESEC is run by young people for young people.
The Financial Planning Association (FPA)
founded in 2007, this associations emphasises the academic and personal development of its members. FPA demystifies financial concepts and helps students improve their financial acumen whilst tracking international financial developments. The organisation holds competitions, seminars and invites top lecturers to speak about finance, accounting and other financial topics.
HiAll Club is also known as “UNNC HiAll Career Development Club” (HC). HC aims to help students with their future career plans through skills development and various work-related projects.The club also helps to organise a number of annual competitions.
We have a range of sports facilities on campus that are open to all students.
Badminton is one of the most popular sporting activities because it combines entertainment with competition. We plan even more competitions for the year ahead. We firmly believe that you, the freshmen, will make our club more exciting. Grab your badminton racquet and come join us now.
Over the past few years, the Basketball Club has successfully hosted mens’ and womens’ five and three a-side games. There are often tournaments and competitions for students to participate in.
Billiards Society is a popular club among students. The society runs a variety of activities, including a teaching program, UNNC Billiards Championship Competition, Ningbo University Billiards Invited Competition, and an annual Sports Festival.
Tri Campus Games
Unique within higher education, the Tri-Campus Games is an event which students from each of the three Nottingham Campuses – UK, China and Malaysia – compete against each other in several sports.
The event involves nearly 200 students from over 20 different nations competing in three international campus based teams.
The Games offer a genuine opportunity for sporting and educational exchange in the friendly spirit of competition. A cultural programme of visits and events also runs alongside the Games.
List of Programs for International Students