The University of Reading (UoR) has a long-established relationship with the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China's premier university in meteorology. The two institutions established the NUIST-Reading Academy in September 2015, after receiving formal approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The partnership grew from research collaborations between the institutions, which are ongoing. Our ambition is to deepen and broaden our teaching base with NUIST while increasing our global presence and reach. Students from NUIST have been coming to UoR for a number of years, both on degree programmes and summer schools. Students from Reading have also visited Nanjing, experiencing Chinese culture first-hand.
The Academy offers programmes in which students spend three years studying in China before coming to UoR to complete their final year.
It now offers a range of undergraduate degrees in science and social science: BSc Applied Chemistry, BSc International Economics and Trade, BSc Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, BSc Environmental Engineering and BSc Atmospheric Sciences. These degree programmes are awarded by both NUIST and the University of Reading, with teaching conducted in English.
We now recruit up to 260 students into the Academy annually and hope to expand into postgraduate areas in the coming years.
Professor Yan Ma, Vice Dean of the NUIST Reading Academy
Professor Yan Ma is an atmospheric chemist. She was a PhD student and post doc at the University of Reading from 2002 to 2008.
Yan returned to China to a position as lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in 2009 and soon after became Head of Department of Chemistry. In 2014 she became Deputy Director of the International office at NUIST and subsequently Vice Dean of the NUIST Reading Academy.
She has several large research grants and is Deputy Director of the Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control.
The way the lecturers from Reading taught was mind-opening and very helpful. The experiments made me realize there were still many things that needed explanations and that the chemistry was far from well-understood, and that made me excited.
I started digging into different theories and topics myself with the help of my supervisor and other staff in the department (they are all very kind and helpful). I learnt from papers and books, I got ideas and sometimes was able to test them in experiments. As I learnt more and more, I started building up my own knowledge system and learning became easier.
Eventually I chose to further my study with an MSc in chemistry at Reading with Dr Chris Smith and now I am thinking about applying for a PhD.