PORTSMOUTH College is hosting 31 Chinese students who are visiting the city to learn about education, culture and careers.
The group of 11 to 14-year-olds have travelled from Zhejiang Province for the two-week experience and are being hosted by the college’s ‘Global Engagement’ team.
Portsmouth College’s assistant principal, Tom Lloyd, said: ‘It is the college’s privilege to welcome the first Chinese group of students to our fantastic city. We have put on such a fantastic array of activities to showcase the very best of Portsmouth.’
The pupils have taken part in a drama project with a ‘British’ theme aimed at developing students’ English. The drama workshop culminated in a performance of the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Students have also had the chance to explore Portsmouth’s vibrant economy including a tour of Lakeside North Harbour.
Teacher of English at Hangzhou New Century Foreign Language School, Zhou Qin, said: ‘It was our honour to be in Portsmouth. It is a beautiful city with a long history and the link with Charles Dickens made it the perfect cultural destination.’
The visit was organised by Excellence First Enterprise Consultancy. Director, Lily Lin, said: ‘ This is one of the best programmes we have ever partnered with.’