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Bangor University law school is launching the first ever degree in law and Mandarin.
The Welsh university has joined with China University of Political Science & Law (CUPL) to open a Confucius Institute, with the aim to promote a better understanding of Chinese Culture.
Vice Chancellor of Bangor University Professor John G. Hughes said: “The two Universities share the same vision for a Confucius Institute with a distinct law favour.
“Chinese culture is playing an increasingly important role in regional and global economic development, and is making its presence felt in a variety of international arenas, including here in the North Wales region.”
The Institute will launch in September 2012, marking the first Confucius Institute to be set up in a law school.
Students at Bangor will have the opportunity to learn Chinese music, cuisine, language, history, calligraphy and traditions.
The Welsh university currently offers four joint degrees in law and European Languages. Students who choose to study the new law and Mandarin degree will also get the chance to spend a year abroad in China, and complete a possible internship at a global law firm.
Head of Bangor Law School Professor Dermot Cahill added: “The Chinese come here learning about us, now it is time for us to learn more about them. This is wonderful news for the North Wales region and Bangor University.”
The news follows an increased focus on Mandarin in the last year, with BPP Law school moving to make its Mandarin language course a permanent feature on its bulging portfolio (5 April 2011).
Herbert Smith is also planning to target language students for training contracts, in particular those with Chinese, Japanese or Russian language skills (27 February 2012).