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Stirling University in Scotland has signed a new educational partnership with Chengdu University less than a year before the Chinese educational establishment is set to play a leading role in the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games (2021 FISU WUG).
A special ceremony to launch Chengdu University - Stirling College (CDUSC) took place in Sichuan Province today.
Chengdu University is a hosting partner of the 2021 FISU WUG next year, while Stirling University is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and was named UK Sports University of the Year 2020.
The Games is now scheduled to open on 26 June next year and conclude on 7 July.
The partnership enables students to study degrees in Sports Studies (BA (Hons)), Data Science (BSc (Hons)) and Digital Media (BA (Hons)), awarded from both universities.
Welcoming the partnership, Principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Stirling, Professor Sir Gerry McCormac said: "The University of Stirling is an international university with a pioneering spirit and global reputation for high-quality teaching and research - and we are driven to build global partnerships with likeminded institutions across the world.
"We have strong links with China - including existing relationships with the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Hebei Normal University - and I am incredibly proud that we're able to add the prestigious Chengdu University to that list.
"Chengdu and Stirling share values of excellence and innovation, and a belief that international education and collaboration can help build a better world.
"With our combined strengths, I know this partnership will go on to achieve great things, not only for our students and staff, but for communities and societies across the globe."
The two universities share sports programmes, and the data science and media degrees will both contain sports-related content, with elements of interdisciplinarity across all three degrees.
"Of course, sport is as important for health as it is for cultivating a competitive spirit, and I know that both our institutions greatly value the contribution that sport makes to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and wider communities," Sir Gerry said.
Almost 900 Chinese students' study at the University of Stirling, which counts 4,500 Chinese graduates among its near 100,000 alumni, in 120 countries.
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