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RIBA accredits first Chinese architecture school

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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has become the first architecture school in China to be accredited by the RIBA

The school, which was developed in partnership with Liverpool University, was praised by the RIBA for ‘developing an alternative model for Chinese architecture education’.

The university’s undergraduate architecture degree programme has been granted RIBA Part I status.

In its report the RIBA stated: ‘The (RIBA) Board commends the Department and the staff body on creating a distinctive environment in which students learn from an international and Chinese context with an ambition to produce a new type of graduate, with an emphasis on human-centered architecture, for the emerging global context’.

Pierre Alain Croset, head of the architecture department said: ‘It is great to see that the hard work and dedication of the staff and students has resulted in this official recognition - underlying our powerful connections between the west and east. As the most international architecture department in China, we, at XJTLU, offer an exciting pioneering opportunity for the next generation.’

He added: ‘Our next target is for the RIBA to accredit our M.Arch postgraduate study programme. Our challenging courses, at undergraduate and masters level, clearly indicate that XJTLU - in China - is well and truly open for business.’

Set up in 2011, the first architecture students have just graduated from the school’s BEng degree course and in June 2014 the architecture department was awarded powers to issue Chinese degrees.

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