Otago Polytechnic is launching an engineering degree in China, which will bring up to 120 Chinese students to Dunedin every year.

The degree will be delivered in partnership with China’s Dalian Ocean University, in an initiative approved by the Chinese government. The first 60 students start in September.

“This is a significant development which reflects our increasing focus on cultivating lasting international partnerships,” says Otago Polytechnic’s Director: Internationalisation, Marc Doesburg. Mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull, will attend the launch of the degree when he travels to China next month. The launch will take place on Wednesday 8 June. "The Otago Polytechnic's partnership with Dalian Ocean University is yet another exciting development in Dunedin's strong and mutually beneficial educational links with China," says Mr Cull.

"Dunedin is regarded in China as a highly valued international education partner and study destination for international students.  Dunedin had over 4,000 international secondary and tertiary students last year – about a quarter of them from China. That brought obvious economic and cultural benefits to the city and this latest partnership builds on that."

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