First in Scotland
In the first instance of its kind in Scotland, University of the West of Scotland has been recognised as an official training partner for China after receiving accreditation from China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA).
This endorsement means UWS becomes the first organisation in Scotland to be accredited as part of an elite group providing foreign expertise and technical and managerial training to organisations in China.
SAFEA is the Chinese government agency responsible for certifying foreign experts to work in mainland China and for organising overseas training for Chinese professionals.
Accreditation as an Overseas Training and Collaborative Organisation (OTCO) will enable UWS to deliver and share training to Chinese partners in a broad number of areas of UWS expertise, including:
- Creative Media: cultural diplomacy, media practice
- Environmental Health: waste management, circular economy, food safety
- Global Tourism: rural tourism, cultural heritage and regeneration, global branding
- Healthcare: elderly people care and dementia care, midwifery and newborn care, community healthcare
- Immersive Teaching: transformational education, VR/AR technology in teaching
- Integration between education and industry: Modern Apprenticeships, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
- International Innovation and Entrepreneurship: enterprise education
- Science & Technology: Thin films, 5G technology, Smart City technology, aircraft engineering
- Sport: football coach training
UWS’s SAFEA accreditation marks the first official link between China and Scotland focused on training and will help open up new opportunities for partnership working in commerce, industry and business between the two countries, both in Scotland and in China.
The announcement comes as the First Minister embarks on a trade mission, led by SDI (Scottish Development International) and incorporating visits to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.