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A group of Chinese architecture students have been getting a taste of life at the University of Portsmouth after a visit was organised by the British Council as part of a collaboration between universities in China and the UK.

Six students from institutions across China spent a week at the University of Portsmouth, and were reunited with Portsmouth students who they worked with in China on the first part of the exchange in Harbin in the Heilongjiang province in September 2014.

The students — Zhang Yifan, Hong Fenghuan, Huang Chen, Li Qiang, Chen Yishan, and Li Penying — took part in a range of activities at the University of Portsmouth’s School Architecture.

They shared their own projects and experiences with students across the BA (Hons) Architecture course, took part in life drawing classes and construction workshops, and tried out the facilities in the Eldon Building, the recently-constructed modern space which has been the new home of the School of Architecture for the past couple of years.

Pam Cole, Head of the School of Architecture, said: “The students found their visit to Portsmouth amazing, and we found them inspiring. We look forward to collaborating with our new colleagues from China on future global projects and workshops, so that we can continue to provide fantastic international opportunities for academic staff and students.”

One of the students, Li Qiang, added: “We were amazed by the scale and quality of the facilities that are available to students at Portsmouth, and enjoyed visiting the University Library. It was wonderful to share ideas and make new friends.”

The Chinese students were joined for a day by teaching staff from each of the Chinese universities participating in the exchange programme, who took the opportunity to share their practices and open up a conversation centred on potential areas of collaboration.

The students and teaching staff were welcomed to Portsmouth by Pro-Vice Chancellors Professor Paul Hayes and Professor Pal Ahluwalia, and Deputy Director Catherine Cole.

The Sino-UK higher education collaborative programme on architectural design was set up in 2013 and exists with the aim of building meaningful relationships between UK and Chinese higher-education institutions.

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