Manchester-China Friendship Programme

Enhancing cultural understanding and forging friendships across borders.

A group photograph of participants of the Friendship Programme.

The Manchester China Institute has teamed up with the Manchester China Forum (MCF) and UoM’s International Office on a new initiative to help integrate new Chinese students into campus life, while simultaneously enriching the campus experience for local students.

The Manchester-China Friendship Programme (MCFP) further seeks to develop mutual understanding and friendships between British and Chinese students, particularly important at a time when Covid-related anti-Asian prejudice, discrimination, and aggression has increased around the world.

The programme consists of Manchester-based “host” students who are tasked with building relationships with newly-arrived Chinese students. A number of exciting events have been organised throughout the academic year to develop these relationships, such as guided exhibition activities, tours of Manchester's football stadiums, cooking classes, and a host of other social events. The programme will culminate in an end-of-year ceremony in July at the RHS Bridgewater Gardens, which now features a Chinese Streamside Garden. 

MCI's Lorelei Baciu discusses the MCFP with Senior Host, Tianrui Liu