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The China Partnership Programme and student integration

Posted on 6 August 2019

Dr Sabrina Chai, director the China Partnership Programme, discusses the importance of student integration.

Dr. Hongxia (Sabrina) Chai is an Admissions Tutor and Teaching Fellow in the Department with a particular expertise and focus in teaching public policy, comparative social policy, and governance. Her other key role in the department is as Director of the China Partnership Programme, which partners the department with a select group of top universities in China for the purposes of student recruitment, joint research, collaboration, training programmes, and double Masters programmes. 

Dr Chai helped to set up this programme some nine years ago and its longevity is a testament to its success. Dr Chai also organises and host many training programmes, workshops, and visits involving many SPSW staff, overseas delegations, alumni, and research students.



Dr Chai said: 

“Integration of all students, both from home and internationally, is an essential element in maintaining the vitality and continued development of the University. Ensuring that students complete their studies feeling fully satisfied with both the educational and social activities they experience. Feeling fully included and supported, both in terms of academic studies and emotional wellbeing is vital."

"Within the Department of Social Policy & Social Work we have instigated a number of initiatives to promote and facilitate student integration. These initiatives include a buddying system for international students, joint student and staff social activities following completion of academic programmes and submission of dissertations, the holding of an annual Lunar New Year party, and the scheduling of an early hand-in date for dissertations to enable international students adequate time for packing and planning for their journey home."

"On their first day of accepting offers, we put international students in contact with our SPSW alumni or current students, to assist them in completing enrolment processes, campus familiarisation, and settling in to accommodation and university routines."

"On completion of academic programmes and submission of dissertations, members of departmental staff regularly arrange joint social evenings in York with the international students, with meals and drinks in some of York's many fine restaurants and hostelries.”