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British Council


Call for applications

Key dates

Deadline for applications: 30 May 2014

About this opportunity

The Sino-UK higher education collaborative programme on architectural design aims to provide UK and Chinese higher education institutions with an effective platform to build up meaningful and sustainable cooperation over a three-year period (2013-2015). It has a tripartite approach by strengthening relations between governments, higher education institutions and industry. 

In 2013 the programme consisted of a Sino-UK student workshop on Brown Field Regeneration in April in Beijing, and a return visit by a Chinese delegation to UK universities in October with the participation of 18 universities (twelve from the UK and six from China). The preliminary outcomes included a call for the establishment of a Sino-UK platform for long-term, comprehensive and sustainable collaborations between  governments, HEIs and businesses; potential academic collaboration between universities in two countries; and increased mutual understanding and knowledge about higher education and industrial development on architecture.

Building on the outcomes achieved in the first phase, British Council has agreed with the Architectural Society of China to begin the second phase of the programme with the participation of 12 UK and Chinese universities (six from each country). The programme will include a student workshop on Brown Field Regeneration, public lectures and a two-day internship for UK students in the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China in 15-30 September 2014 as well as the reciprocal visit for a Chinese delegation to the UK in March 2015.


UK universities who have courses relevant to urban regeneration and industrial heritage regeneration.

Each university will need to apply as a team consisting of one lead teacher plus three students. Names of students could be provided after application being selected. 

Universities who apply for this programme bear the responsibility of hosting the Chinese delegation when they visit the UK in March 2015, i.e. school visits, discussions and meetings for further collaborations.

How can I apply?

Please fill in the application form and email it together with other necessary materials to ihe@britishcouncil.org.cn putting “IHE – Architecture Design Programme” as the subject.