Chinese graduates celebrated in online ceremony

Chinese students enjoyed a ceremony marking their graduation from Engineering degrees delivered jointly by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Hunan Institute of Engineering (HIE).

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Lin Shen, Director of Partnerships, Dr Margaret Cook, Perth College UHI Principal and Chief Executive; the HIE graduates, staff and families; Professor Gary Campbell, UHI Vice Principal (on-screen); Veronica Lynch, Perth College UHI Vice Principal and Robert Kay, Programme Coordinator.

The event took place on 8 June at Perth College UHI and UHI Executive Office linking with Hunan Institute of Engineering, where the graduates were joined by their families to celebrate their success in achieving their qualifications.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UHI, Professor Todd Walker explained: “These students have reached the end of their studies and completed their qualifications during one of the toughest times in history. They studied for their degree in a foreign language and with lecturers that they could only contact online. They should be proud of their amazing achievement and are at the beginning of an exciting career journey.”

Professor Gary Campbell, UHI Vice-Principal Students said: This celebration marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between UHI and HIE. Over the past ten years, 1,461 students have enrolled at UHI through the partnership. To today, we have seen seven cohorts adding up to 622 students graduating with UHI Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from this partnership. It is exciting to celebrate the successes of our students in China, as well as the long-lasting friendship between two institutions.”

Dr. Margaret Cook, Principal of Perth College UHI said: Key to this success has been the extent and depth of commitment that staff from the two institutions have made. The sharing culture and practices have been essential to us being able to make the student experience the best that it can be. We are extremely proud of the 141 students who graduated from UHI today and I wish them a bright future.”

Robert Kay, the Programme Coordinator at Perth College UHI said: “The highlights for me were definitely the addresses given by both students. Being that age, speaking so well at such an occasion and in their second language is very impressive. When you see young people like that, it’s not surprising to hear of the success of many of our students in post-graduate studies and in finding good jobs.”