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British Council

Wednesday 17 September 2014 - 00:00 to Friday 26 September 2014 - 00:00
Various locations in the UK


A group of Chinese researchers are conducting a ten day study visit to the UK for a series of collaborative activities including visits, workshops and fora. 


The objective of this 2012-14 project is for key higher education experts and researchers from the UK and China to study and compare policy and practice in the following areas:

  • How the current higher education system comes into being and how well the system adapts to the needs of society and the economy.
  • Roles that government and the market have to play in promoting higher education diversity.
  • Policy making and measures taken, especially analysis of efficiency of funding allocation and evaluation.
  • Positions set by different higher education institutions - how universities integrate with the society and economy, including strategy and practice.

Innovation and entrepreneurship: impact for Higher Education diversity

As part of this study visit, a roundtable will be held on Thursday 25 September. This roundtable will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship can be fostered through co-operation between education sectors and industry, to encourage graduates to develop the right skills they need to contribute towards the long term strategies of both governments and employers. It will also explore innovative ways for students to learn and develop their thinking and entrepreneurial skills.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are accelerating factors for economic, social, and educational development. While it is widely recognised that these factors will help give countries a competitive advantage, what are the wider impacts for higher education diversity? Innovation and the development of technology are embedded in the economic, social, and education development plans of both China and the UK. While some countries strive for ways to develop skills across the sciences, mathematics, technology and research, what role is played by the humanities, language and the softer skills that will encourage an entrepreneurial spirit within a diverse higher education system?


For more information please contact Zhao Li, Education Manager, British Council China

Tel: +86 (0) 10 8591 9058



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