Development Base in the Western Region (Xian Centre)
The Xian Centre started in 2002 when PolyU set up Xi’an Tongli International College in collaboration with Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU). Located in the premises of XJTU’s Qujiang campus, the College is today home to over 2000 students and graduates of three PolyU award programmes jointly offered by PolyU and XJTU. Equipped with modern facilities conducive to interactive learning, the College is the place where students experience caring supporting services that help them fully embrace the programme curricula and learning activities directly conducted by the academic staff of both universities.
Built on the success of the collaborative programmes and the established network of graduates, staff, educational institutions, organizations and industry, the Xian Centre extends beyond offering award programmes to cover joint research with XJTU and joint establishment of Research Centre in Cultural Creative Industries for the Western region. PolyU students will increasingly gain mainland experience through service learning, summer school and internship programmes arranged through the Centre, interacting with fellow students, academics and industries in the Western region and beyond.
PolyU award with unique learning experience available inland
Qualified applicants looking for an interactive approach to teaching and learning and a degree that earns good international appeal yet with full recognition from the Chinese government may apply to enroll in one of the three programmes offered in collaboration by PolyU and XJTU at the Centre in Xi’an. All the programmes are approved by the Ministry of Education and will lead to PolyU awards:
Rich Chinese cultural treasures in an old capital city
The Centre has recently designed and hosted a few large scale study tours for students of PolyU to visit Xi’an, Yan’an and other counties around Shaanxi to acquire mainland experience through cultural visits and undertaking service projects. More and more such tours will be developed in the future, particularly to cater for the service learning requirements under the new 4-year undergraduate programme curriculum implemented from 2012/13 onwards. International students from abroad also come to visit the Base to uncover the cultural wealth of the city through interacting with the academics and students of XJTU. In a nutshell, the Centre is an integral part of PolyU in providing seamless learning experience for students from Hong Kong and abroad.
Creative Culture Industries Collaborative Innovation to spark internationalization
The Centre is home to the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Xi’an Jiaotong University Research Centre in Creative Culture Industries for Western China unveiled in June 2012. The Research Centre, also referred to as RC3I, is the joint effort of both universities under the state’s 2011 Collaborative Innovation Project to undertake research projects in creative culture industries, and to integrate different cultural elements with technologies across the region to achieve innovation. RC3I will be a platform for research, training, consultancy and service in creative culture industries and will contribute towards raising the soft power of the western region – in support of the state’s plan to turn Xi’an into the third international city of China, after Beijing and Shanghai.
Knowledge sharing and transfer for alumni, staff, students and industries
With 1500 students already graduated from academic award programmes offered at the Base by 2011 and over 200 new students admitted to new cohorts each year, the Centre provides a superb platform on which alumni and students gather and network with one another, with their alma mater and with industries. It is such informal exchanges and the activities that derive from them that enable knowledge to be effectively disseminated, success stories told and good practices shared. Such activities are laying the foundation for a tradition that fosters lifelong learning and application of knowledge, which are the shared core values of PolyU and XJTU in nurturing talents for the next generations.