August 20, 2008

How Derby Helps Chinese Air Crews to Learn Our Lingo

Hundreds of Chinese pilots and airline staff owe their grasp of English to the University of Derby.

Over 10 years, a partnership between the University of Derby and Rolls-Royce has supplied more than 150 graduates to provide English language tuition for Civil Aviation Administration of China colleges and universities.

As a result of close commercial and training links between Rolls- Royce and the CAAC, the latter asked for R-R's help to recruit native English speakers to teach oral English to students in all areas of the civil airline business, including trainee pilots, cabin crew, airport staff, engineers and managers.

The opportunity to teach in China for two semesters at colleges and universities in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou is open to graduates of any degree discipline.

Christine Dare, employabilty development co-ordinator in the university's career development centre, has managed the scheme for five years. She liaises with senior CAAC and Rolls-Royce personnel in China.

She said: "It is a fantastic opportunity for our graduates. It enhances their CVs and gives them a distinct advantage in today's competitive jobs market. Quite a few of them have remained in China after finishing their teaching and established careers there. For example, one of our former Students' Union presidents set up, and now manages, the Beijing branch of an international business organisation."

The University also regularly hosts Chinese students who come to Derby to study for business-related degrees.

More than 50 students from Beijing colleges are about to start business courses at HND or second-year undergraduate degree levels in Derby.

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