13 December 2017

  • New Sheffield school in Chengdu will provide great education opportunities in both cities
  • Business partnerships grow with Sheffield Business incubator set to open in high-tech zone next year (image attached)

A new school in one of China’s biggest cities will have a real Sheffield flavour and will offer Sheffield’s young people direct access to Chinese language and culture.

Oasis Don Valley Academy at the Olympic Legacy Park will be replicated in Chengdu and is set to open late next year in China’s fifth-largest city, as the first English-style school in Chinese state system.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: ““It’s wonderful that Sheffield City Council is playing such a big part in developing this exciting Educational project with colleagues here in Sheffield and in Chengdu. The benefits of the relationship for the two cities is significant, the new Sheffield School in Chengdu, linked to the Oasis Don Valley School will give students and their families opportunities to share experiences and learn about each other’s cultures as well as promoting the advancement of the professional development of teachers in both cities.

“This project has the potential to provide a model that promotes greater learning experiences and increases readiness for learning through cultural partnership and engagement for all Sheffield’s children and young people which could impact on all the city’s Education providers.”

The report also reveals that:

  • Sheffield and Chengdu are developing a Sheffield – Chengdu Trade and Business Incubator and “landing pad” facility in Chengdu’s High Tech Zone to enable businesses and organisations in our city to develop their activities and ambitions in the Far East. It is hoped this facility will complement the China – UK Business incubator facility that is being built as part of the New Era development at St Mary’s Gate in Sheffield. This initiative means that soon both cities will have bespoke facilities and infrastructure in place to assist businesses and entrepreneurs develop trade relationships.
  • A trade delegation to Nanchang and Jiangxi province will take place in March with several Sheffield businesses from the  food and drink sector, advanced manufacturing and professional services set to visit the city to develop deals worth millions of pounds
  • A delegation of around 50 high-tech businesses from Chengdu will visit Sheffield for trade and investment discussions during the summer of 2018. The Council is exploring other trade relationships with Chengdu Government and both Cities are seeking to further encourage business to business relationships. In order to support the current and future activities of partners from both cities.
  • A series of seminars have been held in Sheffield this year which are designed to help companies understand and gain insight about Chinese market opportunities, intellectual property rights, financing and money repatriation.

Sheffield is still working with the Sichuan Guodong Group on a number of projects across the city following last week’s announcement that it is unlikely to proceed with its interest in a five-star hotel at the Central Library building.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “Our inward investment teams have been working tirelessly to develop our brilliant city’s connections with China.

“We’ve a lot in common – shared strengths in manufacturing and industry – and ambitions to develop further. 2018 will be a year that cements our work with a number of companies and make it easier for people across Sheffield to build their ambitions in the Far East.”

A number of civic visits are also likely to occur during the course of the next 12 months with visitors expected from the Cities of Anhui, from Jiangxi province, the City of Wuhan and also from Sheffield’s sister city, Chengdu.