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Overseas students gain experience in local firms

A group of Taiwanese and Chinese University of St Andrews students are hoping to gain an insight into the world of business management when they spend work placements with local companies over the next few days.

Taiwanese postgraduates Liu Cheng- Jen, Shih Chin-Kuei and Shyu Tsz- Lian, who are studying the Pre-MBA Access course at the University’s English Language Teaching Centre (ELT), are going to Shield Diagnostics in Dundee on Thursday and Friday (3 and 4 May 2001). They hope to progress onto masters courses in the Business/Management- related field at various UK universities.

Meanwhile, it is hoped that three mainland Chinese students, Wu Da, Xu Cao and Zheng Qiang, will spend time at Litton Communications in Glenrothes next week (w/c 7 May 2001). The firm has recently opened a state-of-the-art factory in China and the students will be accompanied by a group of Chinese staff being trained at the Scottish base.

Jonathan Harvey of ELT said, “It’s extremely rare for an English access course to give students the chance of gaining work experience in a real business environment and I’m sure the students will gain a lot from it.”

The English Language Teaching Centre provides high quality English language training for overseas students. It is staffed by well-qualified language teaching professionals from all over the UK, most of whom have experience of teaching in other countries and who are therefore very sympathetic to the needs of overseas students. Since 1990, the English Language Teaching department has been dedicated to delivering English language training to students from all over the world. As well as credit- bearing university modules, it provides full-time courses for students who hope to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Britain or other English-speaking countries, as well as short-term courses for students with specific language goals. The Centre works closely with the Admissions department so that students who have completed pre-sessional or access and foundation courses can be sure of a smooth transition into the University as undergraduates or postgraduates.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: elt/standrews/chg/2may2001

 

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