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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

RICH-Ed: Resources for Interculturality in Chinese Higher Education

A research project of the School of Education, part of the International and Comparative Education research group.


This project addresses the need for intercultural learning in Chinese higher education (HE). Despite the increased attention for interculturality, a recent nation-wide survey in China revealed that teaching staff still largely treat culture as a static body of knowledge (Gu, 2016). RICH-Ed aims to support the Chinese partner (HE) institutions in creating a learning environment that empowers students and staff for global engagement. The partnership will define a pedagogical approach for intercultural learning in Chinese HE; develop, test and adapt instructional materials; and deliver intercultural education for teaching and support staff.

Led by KU Leuven, Belgium

Other partners:

  • University Of Durham, United Kingdom.
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy
  • The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
  • Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Zhejiang Wanli University, China
  • Hangzhou Dianzi University, China
  • Jilin University, China


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Rich-ed: Resources For Interculturality In Chinese Higher Education (£58066.95 from Interreg (ERDF) Europe)


From the School of Education