Since the launch of the Generation UK campaign in 2013, more than 40,000 young people from the UK have participated in study, internship and teaching programmes across China. It is the most significant such student mobility campaign beyond the EU. By 2020, the campaign aims for this number to reach a cumulative total of 80,000.
Generation UK is working to provide a growing number of opportunities for young people from the UK to experience, understand and engage with China, as well as raising students’ awareness of the benefits of doing so. In 2017 alone, approximately 10,000 young British nationals gained experience in China, a 70 per cent increase on numbers prior to the launch of the campaign five years ago.
We have established partnerships with a wide range of UK and Chinese universities, and assisted in developing bespoke programmes as part of an initiative to help businesses support their young talent and future leaders to engage with and understand China.
Generation UK is also 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. Through our programmes, students are able to gain international work experience that is either related to what they are studying at university or their future career aspirations to help boost their cultural understanding and employment prospects.
As part of the campaign’s legacy, we have created a network of programme alumni, as well as wider young and experienced professionals in China related fields. The network ensures on-going engagement with China and provides a platform for alumni to share experiences, discuss issues and stay up to date with the latest trends and opportunities in China. We host bi-annual events in the UK and work with partners to provide a range of opportunities for members to deepen their China connection.