Welcome to the latest news page for King's China related activities. For past stories please visit our archive news page.
Scholarships available for Summer School and Pre-University Summer School
King's is proud to announce that there are ten Pre-University Summer School scholarships and twelve Summer School scholarships available to prospective students. The Pre-University Summer School is aimed at 16-18 year olds and the scholarships available cover 50% of the residential programme fee (scholarship value £1,400). The Summer School is for students currently at university and the scholarships are available to cover full tuition fees of £1,350 each. For more information please see our funding pages.
King's attends PhD Workshop China 2012 in Beijing
King’s College London attended the PhD Workshop China 2012 on 24-25th November in Beijing where the International Marketing Team organised interviews with 90 prospective doctoral candidates from the leading ‘985’ and ‘211’ universities. The candidates were interviewed by Professor Hylands representing King's Health Schools, Professor Dai from the School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences and Professor Robinson, the Director of the Graduate School.
Professor Robinson said ‘The Workshop is an excellent opportunity to recruit outstanding students from China to join our doctoral community which has already grown by 50% in the last five years. We interview students at the fair from in-demand subject areas within China, outstanding candidates are shortlisted for the prestigious King’s China Scholarships and other strong interviewees are encouraged to apply for the many other studentships offered by King’s Graduate School, including the joint awards with the China Scholarship Council’.
King’s has over 60 Chinese doctoral students currently undertaking their research with us. For more information about studying for a PhD at King's, please visit the postgraduate study web pages. To find out about funding opportunities at King's, we invite you to search via the graduate funding database for schemes you may be eligible to apply for.
CSSA Welcome Event
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) of King’s College London organized a tea party for the Chinese ‘freshers’ from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan on 30 September 2012 in order to welcome all students and celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival. There were over 200 Chinese students in attendance.
The event started with a welcome speech from the President of CSSA, Mr Zhang Junhuan, followed by speeches from the Presidents of ABACUS and the Taiwanese Society, Professor Baomei Su. Professor Su is a visiting professor at King’s Lau China Institute. The tea party aimed to provide Chinese students a rare opportunity to make friends with students from different background and majors, which is a great way to start their new life in London, as well as at King’s, while enjoying dumplings prepared by CSSA. The Societies had also set up information desks for Chinese ‘freshers’ to get to know about the academic and social life at King’s, and Society activities to come throughout this academic year.
A lovely afternoon was had by all in readiness for this brand new stage of their life.
King's on UK - China Forum panel
King’s recently participated in the UK-China Forum which took place on 17 September at London’s Royal Society. The Forum, which was officially opened by Mr Shen Yang, Minister Counsellor for the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, was organised by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and supported by British Council China. Presidents/Vice-Presidents and international directors from almost 30 Chinese universities and colleges joined the forum, along with representatives from UK universities. Anna Debska, Head of King's Worldwide, spoke at the event about King’s internationalisation strategy and was also on the panel. The event was an excellent platform for UK and Chinese institutions to discuss approaches to internationalisation and the practical challenges involved, as well as exploring partnership opportunities.
King’s College London is officially partnered with Renmin University in China – for more information please view the King’s Worldwide web pages.
King's welcomes new Chinese students
To celebrate the arrival of our ‘freshers’ from China for the 2012-13 academic year, the International Marketing Team hosted an informal get together to welcome them to their new academic home. Emma Gutteridge and Jennifer Wilkinson were joined by current students, Zhang Junhuan, President of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA King’s), and Polly Penter, International Student Adviser from the Student Advice Team, to welcome 120 new Chinese students over refreshments and games. The event was a huge success with many students using the opportunity to get to know other Chinese students at King’s and make friends, and for College staff to welcome them to King’s.
King's first ever visit to Shenzhen
On 31st August 2012, King’s College London visited schools in Shenzhen for the first time. Emma Gutteridge from the International Marketing Team at King’s visited three international schools over the course of the day and met some wonderful students studying A Levels and the IB. It was fantastic to learn whilst visiting one of the schools that one of their students had just confirmed his place to study the Medicine MBBS programme at King’s!
King’s looks forward to visiting Shenzhen again in the future. Please see the King’s Visits You page for details of forthcoming visits to China.
The summer of a lifetime – two months in Kenya
By Mengjie Hu, graduate of the Graduate Diploma in Humanities & Social Sciences.
In the summer of 2012, I was selected to volunteer as a project worker for the
Education Partnerships Africa (EPA) in Kenya. Together with 40 other university students across the UK, I travelled to Kenya for the 10-week project, aiming to improve the standard of local secondary school education. We undertook training sessions and fundraising activities for the project before departure, which not only improved my communications skills but also helped me to have an idea about what to expect from the trip.
During the 10 week project, I was partnered with another student from UCL. We worked closely with a local school in a village near Kisii in west Kenya to help oversee the investment of funds into textbooks and science equipment for the school, and also run local projects, such as AIDS awareness and encouraging further education through study opportunities. Aside from our volunteer work, we also had a lot of fun during our holiday week – we went on safari and managed to see the Great Migration, which definitely was one of the most spectacular scenes I have ever witnessed.
Thanks to the Volunteering Fair at King’s, I was able to find out about this kind of opportunity, which was an extraordinary experience for me as a young person with a history of volunteering. To be able to live in a different culture, develop and learn about myself as an individual, and to bring back my experiences to assist me in my studies at King’s is truly invaluable.
Mengjie is embarking on her Master’s degree at King’s in Cultural and Creative Industries from September 2012.
Chinese celebrities visit Nikon Imaging Centre@King’s
On 1 June, King’s Guy’s campus was host to a visit from a number of Chinese celebrities who were given a special tour of the newly opened Nikon Imaging Centre@King’s, the only one of its kind in the UK and one of eight in the world. Michael Hughes in the International Marketing Team at King’s, assisted by Emma Gutteridge, organised the visit in conjunction with Dr John Harris, the Nikon Imaging Centre Manager. The Centre, which launched this February, has powerful microscopes that screen cells, follow the growth of tumours and analyse tissues – this will have implications for areas such as drug design, analysing the effectiveness of therapies, cell behaviour, and lead to further understanding of diseases such as Cancer and Diabetes. As part of the tour, the celebrities viewed images from these microscopes and Dr Harris introduced the work that the Centre is doing in these areas of research at King’s.
These highly influential celebrities were invited to London by the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP) ‘This is London’ Showcase for the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, highlighting what London has to offer both as a world leading study destination and as a global city for tourism and business. The five celebrities have a huge online following – combined they have c25 million Weibo and QQ followers. They include Mr He Jiong, the presenter and Mr Li Weijia, the co-presenter of Happy Camp (Hunan TV), the most viewed entertainment show in China (watched by over c.100 million); Miss Li Na, an Olympic gold medallist diver at the Sydney Olympics, a media personality and an important UK/China bridge for sport; and Mr Xu Xiaoping, co-founder of New Oriental Education and Technology Group, which is a successful and highly respected educational group in China. Throughout their week in London, they tweeted and blogged about their experiences on Weibo, including of course their visit to King’s. In addition, highlights of the week were filmed by the ‘Happy Camp’ film crew to produce a special show on London that will be broadcast in July on one of the most popular Saturday evening TV programmes in China with a viewership of 100 million.
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Offer Holder event success
At the beginning of April, Michael Hughes from the International Team travelled to China to meet King’s offer holders, holding special receptions in both Beijing and Shanghai. These events gave offer holders the opportunity to make friends and ask questions to both staff and alumni of the College. A huge thanks to all those who attended and helped make the events so enjoyable.
If you are holding an offer for King’s but weren’t able to attend one of the receptions, please do take a look at our dedicated web pages for offer holders where you will find a wealth of useful information.
Chinese Government Scholarships 2012
The Chinese government, acting through the China Scholarship Council (CSC), has reserved two full scholarships exclusively for King's students to study for a Master's or PhD degree in China starting in August/September 2012.
Students in all subject areas at King's are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be due to complete their studies (either a Bachelor's or Master's degree)at King's in the current academic year (2011-12). The Chinese Government scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, medical insurance and living allowance for between one to seven years (the amount of living allowance depending on which degree programme is taken).
You may apply for degree programmes instructed in either English or Chinese. Where the language of instruction is Chinese, you may be required to take a year's preparatory Chinese language training, which will be funded as part of the scholarship.
Please note that King's students are especially encouraged to apply for programmes at our partner university Renmin University of China (located in Beijing). Further information, including the list of participating universities, can be found here.