Sunderland University takes ownership of Hong Kong based learning operation

University of Sunderland's St Peter's Campus.
University of Sunderland's St Peter's Campus.
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The University of Sunderland has taken ownership of a new campus in Hong Kong, it has been announced.

The university has taken on Arden University-based Resource Development International Ltd.

Shirley Atkinson.

Shirley Atkinson.

Sunderland has enjoyed a long partnership with RDI in the Asian country.

The news comes less than a month after the Echo reported that Sunderland University could cut up to 130 jobs as it bids to save £8million.

The savings are split into £5million on staff and £3million in non-staff areas, which would include the university’s estate/buildings and other running costs.

“The University of Sunderland will build on the reputation that RDI has gained over their 15 years of success in Hong Kong,” said Shirley Atkinson, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the university.

“We want to capitalise on the experience and capability that exists within RDI and grow the business locally and across the wider region.”

Shirley Atkinson

“We want to capitalise on the experience and capability that exists within RDI and grow the business locally and across the wider region.

“Sunderland has had a regional recruitment office in Hong Kong for almost 16 years and the acquisition of RDI from Arden University is a key component in our longer-term strategic ambitions for the region.”

The programmes offered and the teaching and support arrangements for students will continue as normal.

The University has said it will work closely with existing partners and employers to develop a wider programme for students.

Dr Philip Hallam, vice-chancellor and chief executive officer of Arden University, said: “Arden University will work closely with the University of Sunderland during this transitional period to ensure a smooth handover for students and staff, the ongoing continuity of quality assurance, and the regulatory processes and governance.”

Sunderland University has large numbers of international students on its campuses in Sunderland and London.

And almost 9,000 students undertake University of Sunderland programmes across the globe.

The acquisition of RDI Hong Kong forms part of the university’s Strategic Plan up to 2021.