Enhancing student support internationally

Heriot-Watt University develops professional development programme with Tianjin University of Finance & Economics

Friday 3 March 2017


Back L-R: Hailong LIANG (Deputy Head of Dept for Student Affairs, TUFE), Prof Xiuying Wen, (Co-Director of Confucius Institute), Prof Ian Baxter (Director of Confucius Institute, Heriot-Watt), Dr Isabel Liu Hui (Deputy Director Confucius Institute), Mr Jared Philippi (International Development Manager, Heriot-Watt)Bottom L-R: Ruth Moir (Assistant Principal International, Heriot-Watt), Mr Quansheng SUN (Vice President, TUFE)


Last week, the Vice-President and Director of Student Services from our Confucius Institute partner University, Tianjin University of Finance & Economics (TUFE), visited Edinburgh to sign an agreement to establish a professional development programme for TUFE staff to learn from and collaborate with Heriot-Watt in the fields of student support, tutoring and pastoral care.  

From later this year, a pilot programme developed by the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication (SCIBC) and the School of Social Sciences (SoSS) will enable three TUFE staff to undertake a structured programme at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus. The staff will learn from and collaborate with different aspects of the student journey through the University and the support functions that are provided to assist students ‘outside’ the classroom.  Heriot-Watt University will benefit from deepening its understanding of international student needs and potential support enhancements, focused in the first instance on the large group of Chinese students which the University attracts.

In signing the agreement with Mr Quansheng SUN (TUFE Vice President), Ms Ruth Moir (Heriot-Watt's Assistant Principal International), commented:  

"We are delighted to see this further development in our partnership with Tianjin University of Finance and Economics. We have a deep and longstanding partnership which is benefiting our staff and students through the Confucius Institute and through programmes of study in business, actuarial science and interpreting and translation. This agreement will be fundamental to increasing understanding of our international students and we will work together to improve services and advice which help our students succeed in their university studies."