Friday 11 March 2016


The first ever UK-China Education Policy Week, organised by the British Council alongside government partners in China, starts on Monday 14 March in Beijing.

Nearly 100 education experts from the UK and China will meet for a series of dialogues and exchanges on the mutually agreed themes of excellence, employability, and entrepreneurship.

Taking place immediately after the Chinese National People’s Congress and the announcement of the Chinese government’s new (13th) Five-Year Plan, the discussions will build on progress made at the UK-China Education Summit in 2015 and inform the joint agenda for 2016 and beyond.

Covering a range of disciplines – higher education, vocational education, internationalisation, industry collaboration, and graduate employability – the UK-China Education Policy Week is expected to end with the announcement of the ‘Beijing Statement’ - shared principles for quality assurance in UK-China transnational education programmes, an area in which the UK and China are world-leading partners.

The UK-China Education Policy Week highlights the growing scope, depth and strength of the bilateral education partnership. It demonstrates both countries’ commitment to working together in growing that partnership and sets ambitions for win-win cooperation at the beginning of a golden era between the UK and China.


Notes to Editor


List of events during the UK-China Education Policy Week



14 March

15-16 March

17 March

18 March

19 March


2016 Newton Fund Scholar’s Reception

UK-China Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education, and Graduate Employability

UK-China Policy Dialogue on Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Workshop on Joint Quality Assurance for UK-China Transnational Education Programmes

2016 Education UK Alumni Awards Ceremony

About the British Council

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our 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 public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally. 


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