Newsletter-8th January 2018

Dear All,

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2018.

All the latest relevant information about CUDC & Maxer is included in the bulletin below!

Happy New Year everyone!

First and foremost, we wish our students, staff, partners and their loved ones a Happy New Year filled with joy and happiness!

Education Summit in Beijing

On the 8th December 2017, CUDC and Clare Hall hosted a one-day conference in Beijing to meet with Chinese universities and discuss potential education and research collaboration.

More than 21 universities applied to participate in the conference. After careful considerations and selections, 23 representatives from Wuhan University, Zhejiang University, Northeast Normal University, South China University of Technology, etc. were accepted to join the conference. Mr. Stephen Bourne (Vice President of Clare Hall), Dr. Jason Zheng Jiang (Director of CUDC), Dr. Marie Janson (Development Director of Clare Hall) attended the conference and led the panel discussions in the afternoon.


Conference group photo

Dr. Zheng Jiang and Mr. Stephen Bourne gave opening remarks to start the conference, followed by several keynote speeches by the universities representatives. Dr. Jiang talked about CUDC’s roles and aims at building platforms for exchange and cooperation between universities in China and the UK. He also presented various educational programmes that CUDC has been offering in partnerships with Oxbridge Colleges and departments, including student exchange programmes in both China and the UK, Year Abroad Study Programme for Chinese students, Visiting Scholar Programme, Faculty and Professional Training Programme, and distant learning project, etc. Mr. Bourne spoke about the importance of cooperating with universities in China from the College’s perspective and how much work and programmes have been done to promote these cooperations. He also talked about the goals of this conference, which is in partnership with CUDC to explore potential collaboration with Chinese universities in the fields of educational programmes and visiting fellowship programme. Universities’ representatives were further divided into panels to discuss different topics, share ideas and work out the cooperation plan with CUDC and Clare Hall.

Opening remarks


Mr. Stephen Bourne, Vice President of Clare Hall


Dr. Zheng Jiang, Director of CUDC

At the end of the conference, CUDC and Clare Hall signed a Memorandum of Understanding. CUDC will be the point of contact in China on behalf of Clare Hall, to follow up with the universities on the programmes for academics and professionals, student programmes, and Visiting Fellow Programme, etc.


MoU signing ceremony between Clare Hall and CUDC

Clare Hall also signed MoU with Northeast Normal University, School of Accounting SWUFE, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, Fujian Normal University Fuqing Branch, South China University of Technology and South China University to conclude the discussions and fruitful results achieved during the conference.

MoU signing ceremony between Clare Hall and Chinese universities

Clare Hall Alumni Events in Beijing and Shanghai

CUDC was delighted to organise the Clare Hall lifetime member events in Shanghai and Beijing in the past month.

We reached out to not only Clare Hall alumni but also the entire Cambridge alumni network in China and took care of the whole logistics in order to ensure successful gatherings. Stephen Bourne, the Vice President of Clare Hall, and Marie Janson, the Development Director of Clare Hall attended both events.

On the evening of 7th December, Stephen and Marie had the chance to meet, during a dinner, 5 people linked to Clare Hall: an alumnus, the parents of a current student and two friends of a former member of the college. Our director Dr. Jason Zheng Jiang, who is also a lifetime member of Clare Hall attended the event.


Group photo, Clare Hall lifetime member event in Beijing

During the dinner, the alumni shared their individual stories about the progress of their personal and professional experiences after Cambridge. In return, they benefited from the news brought by Stephen and Marie about the College community and its recent developments and achievements. As a matter of fact, Clare Hall has recently admitted the Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor as Fellow of the College. Furthermore, they underlined that they are willing to maintain the size of the college to make sure everyone in College is connected and able to share new prospects and opportunities all around the world.


Dinner, Clare Hall lifetime member event in Shanghai

On the evening of 10th December, Dr. Ruigang Michael Zhou and Dr. Weijian Shen from CUDC accompanied Marie and Stephen to a second and even more exciting meeting in Shanghai. We met with 5 Clare Hall lifetime members during the dinner. Here again, they had the chance to share their personal experiences and achievements. At the end of the gathering, on behalf of Jason and CUDC, Michael received a College scarf from Marie as a thank you gift for CUDC’s organisation of both events in China.


Group photo, Clare Hall lifetime member event in Shanghai