China and Hong Kong

Our history in China and Hong Kong

The University of Westminster’s relationship with China goes back to the 1950s. As the first institution in the UK to specialise in modern spoken Chinese, we have taught generations of students about China, as well as welcoming students and visiting researchers from leading Chinese organisations and institutions.

Our partnerships in China and Hong Kong

Strengthening our engagement in China and Hong Kong is a core part of our Global Engagement Strategy, which focuses on positioning ourselves effectively in the region as well as increasing our collective understanding of the region with its rich and diverse culture.

Our strategic approach focuses on developing mutually beneficial links with universities as well as the alumni community and we currently have cooperative relationships with over 20 universities in China and Hong Kong, including the following universities: Tsinghua, Peking, Tongji, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Renmin, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Communication University of China, Beijing Foreign Studies, Beijing Jiaotong, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Donghua, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Westminster regularly sends students on exchange to the region to deepen their knowledge of Chinese and China. Recently, newer partnerships have opened up opportunities for short-term mobility, such as the ‘Joint Studio’ with China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the summer FAB FEST hosted in London with teams of students invited from China, as well as from India, USA, Italy and Turkey.

Our research in China and Hong Kong

Research activity related to China and East Asia exist within all faculties at the University and include:

China Media Centre (CMC)
Established in 2005, the CMC has a unique position in the UK as a specialist media centre providing academic research and training, as well as engaging in commercial consultancy.

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE)
Collaborative partnerships with the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, and the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University support a broad range of academic initiatives to include seminars, joint research bids, joint academic publications and student and staff exchanges.

Contemporary China Centre
A new and vibrant interdisciplinary hub for China-related research based within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. It builds on Westminster’s long-term commitment to Chinese Studies.

EASTmedicine (East Asian Sciences and Traditions in Medicine)
A unique interdisciplinary research group that seeks to understand the development and transformation of East Asian medicines from their origins in pre-Han China to the present.

Our Chinese and Hong Kong alumni community

Our long history in China means that we have a strong and active alumni network with over 1600 registered alumni across China. The committee of alumni volunteers support the University in organising social and professional networking events in the region.

In Hong Kong, we have over 800 alumni. This includes an Alumni Advisory Group, who support the University’s wider global engagement agenda, including brokering connections with important academic partners in the region.

Hejun ZHANGStudent profile - Hejun Zhang

International Media Business MA

"The University of Westminster is noted for its cutting-edge media studies and has cultivated a vast number of talents in media, who are leading practitioners in the UK now. What I like best about Westminster is its great importance attached to media practice. Our course leader taught us very useful working skills each week."

Our team in Beijing

Located predominantly in Beijing, our dedicated team of three staff are there to support with key aspects of the University’s work in the region from student recruitment to partnership and alumni engagement. The team travel regularly around China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and can be contacted at [email protected]

Information for students from China and Hong Kong

Please visit our Chinese website where you will find information in Mandarin. Or you can visit our country pages for detailed information for overseas students about how to apply and entry requirements, study options, visas, and London life. We also offer a number of scholarships for international students.


Partner institutions

Westminster faculties have links with hundreds of universities and organisations around the world.