Bri­tish govt min­is­ter wel­comes Chi­nese stu­dents

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By YU RAN in Shang­hai yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The United King­dom will col­lab­o­rate with Jiangsu prov­ince on ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to Jo John­son, UK min­is­ter of univer­si­ties, sci­ence, re­search and in­no­va­tion, who re­cently vis­ited Xi’an Jiao­tong-Liver­pool Univer­sity in Suzhou, Jiangsu prov­ince.

“We want to work with China to ad­dress chal­lenges in ed­u­ca­tion, to de­velop glob­ally aware ci­ti­zens equipped with the skills and cul­tural un­der­stand­ing that is es­sen­tial in to­day’s glob­al­ized econ­omy,” said John­son, whose visit fo­cused on in­no­va­tion and higher ed­u­ca­tion col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two univer­si­ties.

He said Chi­nese al­ready ac­count for the largest group of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in the UK, with more than 90,000 in higher ed­u­ca­tion at present and more than 600,000 grad­u­at­ing from UK univer­si­ties since 1978.

Mean­while, in­creas­ing num­bers of UK univer­si­ties are forg­ing sus­tain­able longterm part­ner­ships with Chi­nese in­sti­tu­tions.

The UK has be­come the top transna­tional ed­u­ca­tion provider in­China, with more than 270 joint ini­tia­tives at the Jo John­son, higher said.

“The Bei­jing State­ment” was an­nounced jointly by China and the UK in March, the first state­ment of shared prin­ci­ples for qual­ity as­sur­ance in UK-China transna­tional ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams,” John­son said.

“In­creas­ingly, an es­sen­tial part of the re­la­tion­ship is about peo­ple, the grow­ing cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional con­nec­tions be­tweenus. It is es­sen­tial that we not only work to­gether, but that we also un­der­stand each other and our re­spec­tive cul­tures.”

He ad­dressed stu­dents and staff at Xi’an Jiao­tong-Liver­pool ed­u­ca­tion level, he Univer­sity, call­ing the univer­sity an “ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ment” and say­ing that those in­volved in its de­vel­op­ment should be “tremen­dously proud”.

He also praised the high stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion on of­fer at the univer­sity, telling stu­dents that they would ac­quire “some of the most de­sir­able qual­i­fi­ca­tions avail­able from any in­sti­tu­tion any­where in the world” and that they are the fu­ture of UK-China part­ner­ships.

“You are all am­bas­sadors of the UK-China friend­ship and the bedrock of the strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries. I know that you will all con­trib­ute greatly to the deep­en­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the UK and China in the months and years to come,” John­son said.

Six agree­ments to deepen col­lab­o­ra­tion in re­search, in­no­va­tion and higher ed­u­ca­tion be­tween Chi­nese in­sti­tu­tions and Bri­tish or­ga­ni­za­tions were signed on his visit, in­clud­ing one be­tween the Bri­tish Coun­cil and fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider Gold Fi­nance to in­tro­duce schol­ar­ships for Bri­tish stu­dents to study film and tele­vi­sion in China.

Af­ter his speech, John­son un­veiled the univer­sity’s In­ter­na­tional Re­search Cen­ter, lo­cated on its newly opened south cam­pus, which will serve as a hub for en­trepreneur­ship, re­search com­mer­cial­iza­tion and in­ter­na­tional tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, driv­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in Suzhou and the sur­round­ing re­gion.

Founded in 2006, Xi’an Jiao­tong-Liver­poolUniver­sity is the largest in­ter­na­tional joint ven­ture univer­sity in China, a part­ner­ship be­tween Xi’an Jiao­tong Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Liver­pool.

It has en­rolled more than 10,000 stu­dents, in more than 70 un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grams, master’s pro­grams and PhD cour­ses.

Other joint aca­demic ven­tures with UK in­sti­tu­tions in­clude the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham Ningbo, which only en­rolls Chi­nese stu­dents, and Manch­ester Busi­ness School that opened in Shang­hai in 2008, of­fer­ing do­mes­tic stu­dents triple in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tions.

Shang­haiNewYorkUniver­sity was the first Sino-US joint ven­ture univer­sity ap­proved by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, while Duke Univer­sity part­ners with Wuhan Univer­sity in Kun­shan, Jiangsu prov­ince.

You (stu­dents) are all am­bas­sadors of the UK-China friend­ship and the bedrock of the strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two coun­tries.”

UK min­is­ter of univer­si­ties, sci­ence, re­search and in­no­va­tion

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Jo John­son makes a speech at Xi’an Jiao­tong-Liver­pool Univer­sity in Suzhou, Jiangsu prov­ince, dur­ing his visit.

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