Chichester College unveils new international education partnership

May 24, 2017

Chichester College has unveiled an innovative new partnership, which will see its commitment to international learning continue to grow.

The college has teamed up with PAM Education and the Tianjin Municipal Education Commission in China to pilot a transnational blended learning programme, with the partnership having officially launched this month (Thursday 18 May) with a special ceremony held at the college’s training restaurant and kitchens. The launch brought together staff and students at the college, alongside representatives from Tianjin and PAM Education as well as a live link to China.

The first project – a culinary skills programme – will start in September and will enable Chinese students to access online workshops, which will be filmed and recorded at Chichester College and streamed to students at the Tianjin No 2 School of Commerce (TSC) using cutting-edge technology that has been developed by PAM Education.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College Principal, said: “This is an exciting partnership which has great potential to grow.

“Working closely with international educational institutions is an important part of the work we do here at Chichester – we want to see the college develop both at home and abroad.

“The project has great potential for the college and for students and tutors in China to learn from different locations and develop new skills.”

Russell Grocott, founder of PAM Education Consultancy Services, added: “PAM is driven to support learners globally engage with content utilising the latest technology.

“The Lu Ban Vocational Education Training project is an example of how colleges worldwide can collaborate to offer innovative UK endorsed Chinese qualifications.

“We are delighted to have partnered two outstanding establishments, Chichester College and Tianjin School of Commerce to work together on this enterprising ground breaking initiative.”
The collaboration builds upon the Chinese ‘Lu Ban’ Workshop Project, which is inspired by the story of Lu Ban – a master craftsman who lived from 507-440BC and has come to symbolise great wisdom.

It aims to provide vocational education and training on authentic award-winning Chinese culinary skills to improve the quality of Chinese catering services worldwide.

The first project – a culinary skills programme – will start in September and will enable Chinese students to access online workshops, which will be filmed and recorded at Chichester College and streamed to students at the Tianjin No 2 School of Commerce (TSC) using cutting-edge technology that has been developed by PAM Education.

If the initial pilot is successful, the concept could be developed and applied to other vocational subjects at the college.

Shelagh added: “This will hopefully be the start of a fantastic relationship with PAM, and should pave the way for the college to work collaboratively with international partners to develop and design bespoke curriculums.

“We will be increasing our international work, while also using the latest learning platforms.”

During their visit to Chichester, the Chinese chefs gave a special culinary skills masterclass to students in the college kitchen, demonstrating dough sculpture as well as traditional Chinese dishes.

Catering and hospitality student David Whiteside said: “It was really good to spend time with the chefs, there was lots to remember but I have learnt a lot.

“I enjoyed having a go at making the dough pandas – I wasn’t expecting to do something like that so that was interesting and a bit different!”