The Changing Face of UK-China Education Links: Competition, Regulation, and Mobility Challenges

Date: Thursday, 29th October 2015
Time: 10:30-11:30
Venue: Committee Room 15, House of Commons

Chaired by Robert Jenrick MP (APPCG Vice-Chair for Education & Culture)

  • Professor Sir David Greenaway (Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University)
  • John Tomasevic (Chair of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust)
  • Dewi Knight (Senior Education Advisor for China, British Council)
  • Katharine Carruthers (Director of the UCL Institute Of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools)
  • Jane Hay (Managing Director, Christie’s Education)

Every single constituency stands to benefit from stronger education links with China. The University of Nottingham has had well documented success on this front, but amid a changing landscape for this sector, gaining a foothold requires careful planning and support.

Right now, the UK is the largest global provider of transnational education partnerships in China (at degree level and above), bringing £50 million to the UK economy last year. The UK is also a popular destination for Chinese students, with 1 in 5 international higher education students in the UK being Chinese.

However, the UK share of the outbound study market has declined since 2007, and global competition faced by HE institutes in the UK is intensifying. UK visa regulations are causing concern for some Chinese students hoping to come here, and successful cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Education is critical to any UK engagement in this sector.


This event will be an opportunity to hear from an expert panel including Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark near the pioneering Nottingham University which opened the first Sino-Foreign University in China in 2004. The Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University and the Chair of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust will describe how they are actively building links in China, deriving a significant income for their UK universities and schools, whilst branching into the state sector and into primary and secondary school levels.

The British Council is the leading UK institution connecting our education system with others around the world, and we will hear from them about the opportunities and challenges facing UK schools and universities. Similarly, we will hear about progress in the other direction, joined by the Director of the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools, which plays a leading role in promoting and developing the study of Chinese and China across the curriculum in schools in England, and from Christie’s Education who have taken a British brand to China, and in turn attract Chinese customers to Christie’s UK business.