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Generation UK: University Partnerships - China

For the academic year 2019-2020

Generation UK has established partnerships with a wide range of UK universities to develop bespoke outward mobility programmes that support UK students to engage with and understand China.

Generation UK is committed to widening participation by providing funded opportunities to those who would not normally have access or the financial means to undertake an internship or study programme in China. Our programmes allow students to gain international work experience related to their field of study or future career aspirations to boost their cross-cultural understanding and employment prospects.

How it works:

Generation UK works with internship providers who deliver our placements and services on the ground. University programmes can be tailored to various durations and across multiple locations depending on group sizes and placement requirements.

We currently work with two providers to deliver internship programmes across six cities in China, providing placements in a variety of different sectors to cater towards institutions’ and students’ preferences. The following services are offered through partnership programmes:

• Pre-departure services

• 4-8 week internship placement

• Serviced accommodation 

• On-the-ground support and guidance

• Post-programme services

• Additional services: welcome receptions; British Council/British Embassy events; university specific networking events

What current Generation UK university partners say:

“It opened doors that would otherwise have been difficult, if not impossible for us to open. This is a scheme which empowers our students to make the best of the networks that they have, to understand what it takes to interact effectively with people who are brought up in cultures and societies that are different from their own. It is about releasing their potential. It gives them an outward looking perspective that they otherwise might not have. We believe it can serve as a beacon for the rest of the UK higher education sector.”  Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources), University of Sussex
 “We highly value our partnership with the British Council on the Generation UK programme. This has benefited almost 100 of our students, who each have enjoyed a high quality internship, not only enhancing their employability, but also providing them with a range of soft skills applicable into their academic and personal lives. With an ambitious institutional target for outward student mobility, having such confidence in schemes such as Generation UK enables us to send large numbers of students on high quality placements, secure in the knowledge of the support mechanisms in place to ensure students each have an enriching and rewarding experience.”  Chris Gale, International Summer Programmes Manager, Cardiff University

About Generation UK:

The Generation UK campaign was launched by the British Council in 2013. It directly advances the UK government commitment to a Global Britain and is supported by all four UK administrations.

The campaign aims to ensure that the UK has a generation of young people that will be able to drive forward the relationship with China. It represents a strategic investment in the UK’s competitiveness as well as in the employability and language ability of the participants.

There are three core areas of priority:

• To raise awareness among a young generation in the UK of the opportunities to build their understanding of China through study and internships

• To promote favourable conditions for these young people to intern or study in China by working with the Chinese government and partners to support their internationalisation

• To provide specific funded opportunities for UK young people to study and intern in China through Generation UK branded programmes

More than 55,000 young people from the UK have participated in study, internship and teaching programmes across China since 2013, with a cumulative target (set by the Prime Minister in 2013) of 80,000 over the period to 2020. In 2018, approximately 15,000 young British nationals gained experience in China.


Higher education institutions in the UK 

How to apply:

For more information please visit our website. If you are interested in partnering with the Generation UK campaign and would like more information please contact Hannah Silverleaf (Outward Mobility Manager, British Council China) at