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Delegates from USA and China visit WestKing

It has been superpower fortnight at Westminster Kingsway College, as the college has hosted delegations from both the USA and China.

12-16 November was ‘USA Food Week’ at our Victoria Centre and, on 15 November, Robert Wood Johnson, the United States ambassador to the UK visited the campus to celebrate the week. While he was with us, Ambassador Johnson had an American-themed lunch cooked and served by our 2nd and 3rd year students, and inspected our teaching kitchens.

Our School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts creates a new themed menu each week for our Escoffier Room restaurant and for USA Food Week, we sourced high-quality American ingredients to create a delicious American-themed menu, including wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, Alaska king crab, striploin beef, clams, pumpkins and California prunes, as well as a selection of American wines and craft beers.

And on Monday 19 November, Victoria hosted a 23-strong joint Chinese and British delegation including representatives from the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China; The Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; the Chinese Embassy in London and staff from the UK Government’s Department for International Trade’s China team. The Chinese Government is committed to vocational education and wants to promote education and industry cooperation, and develop further education and lifelong learning. The Chinese delegation, who were accompanied by an interpreter, were on a tour of educational facilities around the UK. Like many international delegations visiting Britain in recent years, Westminster Kingsway College was a vital stop on their itinerary.

The group were greeted by Roy O’Shaughnessy, Chief Executive of Capital City College Group, and had lunch in the Brasserie, the second of the restaurants in the Victoria centre. After lunch, the group were led on a tour of the Victoria Centre before various meetings with different members of Westminster Kingsway College staff with the aim of finding out more about vocations courses and how they are taught in the UK.

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