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SQA Celebrates 10,000 Chinese HND Students 18 May 2011

On Friday 22 October,  SQA held an event at China World Hotel, Beijing to celebrate 10,000 Chinese HND students since delivery began in 2004. The HND qualification was first introduced in China in 2004 as a result of a successful partnership between the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE).

SQA is proud to work with the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange to deliver Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) at 30 universities throughout China. Since 2004, over 10,000 students have benefitted from our collaborative work. HNDs have enhanced their future prospects and are making a real difference to their careers, their communities and the economic development of the People's Republic of China.

Yi Zhang (aged 20) from Renmin University was awarded the honour of the 10,000th student to undertake an SQA Higher National Diploma (HND) in China. She studied HND Global Trade and Business and graduated in June 2010.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning at the Scottish Government, Mike Russell MSP and Janet Brown, CEO, SQA attended to present the accolade.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive said, 'I am delighted to be here today to celebrate what SQA has achieved in partnership with the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange. We have learnt much from each other and established an enduring friendship. Scotland has a long established and highly reputable education system. We are delighted to have used the inspiration, experience and knowledge of Scotland to support the development of a modern and contemporary China.'