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 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 in the UK and 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 are organised throughout the academic year to develop these relationships, such as guided exhibitions, tours of Manchester's football stadiums, cooking classes, and a host of other social events. The programme culminates in an end-of-year ceremony  where the achievements of the scheme's participants are recognised. 

A group of British and Chinese students

2022/2023 Programme

For the upcoming year, the MCFP has not only expanded in size but also in its planned activities, which this year include an excursion to the Lake District and tickets to musical and sporting events. In addition, the MCFP will feature a range of practical workshops, where students can polish their resumes and improve overall employability prospects. Through this prism of Sino-British cultural exchange, Chinese and British students can better understand each other's cultural backgrounds, learn from one another, and promote the positive development of UK-China relations.

If you wish to find out more or want to join the 2023/2024 programme, please send an email to mci@manchester.ac.uk

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

MCFP是由曼彻斯特英中协会和曼彻斯特中国研究院共同搭 的学生文化交流平台,旨在“加强中外学生交流,促进多元文化教育”,帮助国际学生更好地融入当地社区与文化,树立本地学生和国际学生彼此之间文相互理解的意识,更好地促进中英双方年轻一代的相互了解。

自2021年成立以来,MCFP携手中英两方学子,创办了一系列丰富多彩的活动。从徒步曼城,体验城市风情,到参观John Rylands博物馆,享受文化洗礼;从共度圣诞,到欢庆春节…在每个充满中西方文化色彩的节日里,MCFP都与中英学生一同留下的欢乐的足迹。初来曼城的中国新生能在经验丰富的本地学生的带领下,快速结识新友,更好地融入曼城生活,找到自己的归属感。

今年MCFP也为即将到来的曼城学子准备了更多有趣有益的社交活动,包括湖区远足、共庆佳节、亲临曼城队足球比赛现场等。另外,MCFP也准备了很多实用性的workshop,学生们能在活动中润色简历,全方面提升个人的学习和就业能力。通过MCFP多种多样的中英文化交流活动,中英双方学生也能更加了解彼此的文化背景,从而相互理解相互包容,推动英中关系向前发展。

MCFP 2021/2022 Highlights