The University of New Brunswick officially opened a student recruitment office today at the Canadian International School of Beijing in Beijing, China.

This is the only recruitment office in China held by an Atlantic Canadian university.

UNB President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Eddy Campbell was accompanied to Beijing by Premier Brian Gallant, along with a delegation from New Brunswick and officials from the Canadian Embassy.

“We are thrilled by the prospects and the future we are building. With a dedicated recruitment office in Beijing, and a staff person fluent in Mandarin, UNB will be able to bring prospective students, their parents, and our partners further benefit,” said Dr. Campbell.

The UNB Recruitment Office is housed in the Canadian International School of Beijing through the university’s partnership with AKD Ltd., the parent company of the Concord College Network of Schools in China. The office consists of a single representative who is engaged as a consultant to UNB, providing information and materials on the university’s behalf to students, parents, recruiting agencies and partners.

“Students want to be confident in their choice to study at UNB and this is another way we can provide that confidence,” said Dr. Campbell.

Currently, about 350 Chinese students are enrolled at UNB, making up 30 per cent of the international student population. More than 800 of UNB’s living alumni came directly from China to study at the university.

UNB has a long history with educational institutions in China. The university was the first partner to the Concord Colleges of Sino-Canada, a partnership which is now in its 20th year. UNB has trained more than 100 students from Concord College in the past decade.

“We started with New Brunswick back in 1994 and since have enjoyed the wonderful and fruitful partnership with both the University of New Brunswick, which is the first English-speaking university in North America, and the Province,” said Dr. Francis Pang, chairman of Beijing Concord Colleges of Sino-Canada. “New Brunswick is friendly and a great place for international students, where parents should feel safe to send their child for a quality education.”

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is Canada’s oldest English-language university. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution has a rich history and a dynamic focus on innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. With more than 75 graduate and undergraduate degree programs, UNB has more than 10,500 students from nearly 100 countries while several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.

Media contact: Sonya Gilks

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