Case Study

Hangzhou, China: City of Glasgow College create supply chain value

City of Glasgow College

Hangzhou, China: The City of Glasgow College (COGC) partnered with Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics (ZJTIE) in Hangzhou, China to deliver a joint Certificate in Supply Chain Logistics.

Its aim was to bring change in curriculum design that encourages student engagement in the classroom. The inclusion of various classroom activities – not limited to classroom group presentation – increased the confidence of the learners. Other activities some of which were new to the classroom included – role plays, virtual classroom organisations, supply chain games, and an instant online quiz. This initiative has also helped in improving staff/student interaction and teaching learning in English.

China’s vocational education system focuses predominantly on classroom blackboard exercises and summative assessment.

This new initiative encourages both young learners to participate in day-to- day classroom tasks, and develops skills for the job market. Simulating a work environment in class helps broaden learners’ knowledge in the subject matter and stimulates career aspirations.

Every year a team of four lecturers visit ZJTIE in China and spend three weeks in February, June and September for the delivery of face-to-face teaching. This enhances the cultural exchange and provides students with a learning journey that Scottish students experience in Scotland.

The City of Glasgow College’s team apply City Learning 4.0 in day to day activities which enables the students to enhance not just their knowledge in the subject areas, but also to understand the dynamics of the current job market from the perspective of the area experts.

South East Asia, Global, China
Curriculum Design, Training Provision, Certification

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Similar to other projects and businesses, 2020 was extremely challenging for the delivery of this project. The global spread of COVID-19 and its associated travel restrictions threatened the project delivery, in particular, the face-to-face aspect of it. Face-to-face delivery mode is pivotal in the delivery of this project considering that Chinese students who enrolled for this programme do not have English as their first language.

Alternative delivery modes where considered to keep the project alive. The termination of the project or postponement of delivery for a year would have created disruptions in the completion of course.

Although travel restrictions created a challenge in the successful running of the delivery, an opportunity to continue the delivery remotely was considered. The delivery team had to overcome several other challenges.

Convincing the team that this approach works: historically, the vocational education systems in China is focussed on blackboard exercises and face-to-face deliveries. This initiative was taking students and staff out of their traditional teaching model.

Delivering in unsocial hours: the delivery team in Glasgow had to deliver the programme, as early as 3.30 am due to differences in time zones between China and Scotland.

Group work issues: group work discussions were predominantly dominated by one or two vocal students. Remote delivery and participation in class room group activities were new to the students.

Cultural Barriers: Chinese students generally do not interact in the classroom or engage in inquisitive conversations with their teachers. Remote delivery created an additional hurdle for the delivery team to overcome.

Technical Barriers: some case studies and videos are produced by the lecturers from Glasgow were not completely accessible in China. Furthermore, wider research opportunities were occasionally constrained. The WiFi connectivity were intermittent as some of the students were dialling in from halls of Residence or mobile phones.

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