Manchester-China Friendship Programme
Enhancing cultural understanding and forging friendships across borders.
The Manchester China Institute (MCI) 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) seeks to develop mutual understanding and friendships between British and Chinese students from the University of Manchester, particularly important at a time when anti-Asian prejudice, discrimination, and aggression has increased in the UK and around the world. Integration is at the heart of the programme, as we hope to address the long-standing issue of hostility and racially targeted violence faced by Chinese student communities on western campuses.
The scheme offers several exciting intercultural activities throughout the academic year to develop positive interactions between UK-based "host" students and newly arrived Chinese freshers. MCFP participants explore Manchester's heritage sites, discover foreign cultural celebrations, share traditional dishes, try out new sports, and get together for socials. Through the prism of Sino-British cultural exchanges, UoM British and Chinese students can better understand each other's backgrounds, learn from one another, and promote an inclusive campus environment for all.
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 email@example.com
MCI's Lorelei Baciu discusses the MCFP with Senior Host, Tianrui Liu