On December 8, Unitec hosted a delegation from Hebei University of Engineering (HUE), based in Handan, China, marking their first in-person New Zealand reception since the pandemic.
Led by Yu Shujiang, Party Secretary of HUE, the delegation included faculty deans and the Director of International. The visit began with a traditional powhiri to welcome the guests and featured a significant joint program agreement signing between Gus Gilmore, DCE Ako Delivery at Te Pūkenga, and Yu Shujiang.
This collaboration will offer a joint program at HUE, incorporating Unitec's teaching services and allowing students to transfer seamlessly to Unitec for Computing qualifications.
Gift exchanges between both institutions and discussions on potential collaborations, research initiatives, and student exchanges followed the signing ceremony. Delegates also explored Unitec's School of Computing, Electrical, and Applied Technology, where students showcased their research projects.
A tour of the School of Architecture displayed outstanding student works, highlighting the quality of projects.
Pending Chinese Ministry of Education approval, the joint program's first cohort is set to begin in September 2024, with Unitec's initial teaching programme in China planned for February 2025. This partnership signifies a significant step in fostering academic cooperation between Unitec and Hebei University of Engineering.