UK and China agree principles for delivery of
high-quality transnational education programmes
The first ever UK-China Education Policy Week concluded on
Friday 18 March, with the announcement of a statement of principles
that will inform transnational education programmes between both
Following discussions between nearly 100 education experts
from the UK and China, which covered a range of disciplines - from
higher education and vocational education, to internationalisation,
industry collaboration, and graduate employability - the UK-China
Education Policy Week concluded with the announcement of the
'Beijing Statement' - shared principles for quality assurance in
UK-China transnational education programmes.
The statement of principles - which include developing regular
channels of communication to support sharing of data and
information, exploring ways to enhance inter-agency cooperation,
and recognise the importance of sharing best practice and
experience - will inform both countries' collaboration in
transnational education programmes. All participant parties commit
to following these agreed principles when establishing
transnational education programmes.
The statement was jointly developed by the British
Council, the China Education International Exchange
Association, the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education
Development Centre, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education,
and the UK Higher Education International Unit, in
consultation with the sector. The announcement was made at a
workshop jointly organised by the British Council and the China
Education International Exchange Association with support from BIS
and the Ministry of Education China.
Jim Addison, Counselor (Education) at the British
Embassy in Beijing and Director Education at British Council in
demonstrates both countries' commitment to transnational education,
an area in which the UK and China are already world-leading
partners. The commitment to follow these agreed principles paves
the way for more high-quality partnerships between the UK and
China, benefitting students and institutions alike. In doing so,
the Beijing Statement is another milestone in our two countries'
ever-growing relationship in higher education."
Taking place immediately after the Chinese National People's
Congress and the announcement of the Chinese government's new
(13th) Five-Year Plan, the aim of the UK-China Education Policy
Week was to build on progress made at the UK-China Education Summit
in 2015 and inform the joint agenda for 2016 and beyond.
It highlights the growing scope, depth and strength of the
bilateral education partnership, and demonstrates both countries'
commitment to working together in growing that partnership. At the
beginning of a golden era between the UK and China, it set
ambitions for win-win cooperation.
Notes to Editors
About the UK-China Education Policy Week
The UK-China Education Policy Week is a week of education events
in Beijing around the theme of excellence, employability and
entrepreneurship, running from 14 to 19 March 2016. It is a
follow-up to the 2015 UK-China People-to-People Dialogue and the
2015 UK-China Education Summit, and will help inform the education
agenda for 2016 and the golden era of UK-China relations. It
consists of a number of education policy events covering a wide
range of topics, including transnational education, vocational
education, student exchanges, graduate employability, and
List of events during the UK-China Education Policy Week
About the British Council
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cultural relations and educational opportunities. It creates
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countries and builds trust between them worldwide.
The British Council works in more than 100 countries and its
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professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every
year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education
and society programmes.
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which last year was £864 million. The rest of its revenues are
earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such
as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through
education and development contracts and from partnerships with
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