Leading UK student accommodation developer Downing has expanded its operations into China and will now have a permanent presence in the capital, Beijing.
Downing Students has one of the biggest student accommodation portfolios in the UK, and operates over 5,000 student beds in nine key UK cities including London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Newcastle. The business also has a further 4,000 beds in the pipeline across the country.
There are currently 90,000 Chinese students studying in the UK and Downing is keen to strengthen its presence in China by engaging with this fast-growing group of international students keen to study in the UK.
As part of its growth in the country, the company has appointed a new China project manager, Jingjing Xu, to assist and engage students. Jingjing has over a decade of experience in the student sector and joins Downing from a role with further education and English language provider Oxford International Education Group.
She will be based in Beijing and will visit cities across China to connect with students and help them to easily access and arrange their student accommodation in the UK.
Jingjing studied in Leeds for five years, so has valuable personal experience of the UK’s higher-education sector and what students are looking for in their student accommodation.