Britain and China have reaffirmed their commitment to developing stronger links in higher education. This happened at the fourth UK-China Education Summit in London.
Minister Zhou Ji (seen here) from the Chinese Ministry of Education and Pat McFadden, UK Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, discussed the challenges facing education systems in both countries and looked at how to develop for the future.
The summit, following on from a reception hosted by Higher Education Minister David Lammy, also focused on the high academic standards achieved by both countries, and the cooperative work already being done to share good practice around study and work experience.
At the summit, Ministers announced an extension of the UK-China Work Experience program to an extra 25 UK graduates this year. This is in addition to over 400 Chinese graduates who have come in the other direction since 2006.
7th Space reported that the UK receives more international students from China than any other country, with around 67,000 currently studying there; the number of UK students in China is also growing and has now reached over 2,000.
Worth noting that the UK was the first foreign country granted permission to set up campuses in China. Today, almost all UK universities have links with Chinese counterparts, with the UK Government funding over 60.