British Chamber China report sees huge opportunity for UK education as ‘natural partner’ in Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.
As building trade links beyond Europe becomes increasingly important to the UK’s future, a new report outlines ‘myriad opportunities’ for the British education industry in China’s multi-trillion-dollar initiative.
Some interesting takeaways from the report
- BRI is increasingly not based on geographical routes but becoming almost a catch-all term for Chinese trade policy abroad
- Girls’ and women’s education and entrepreneurial education are growing areas in the MoE’s work towards ‘achieving common development’
- Opportunities for third party involvement from the UK exist in the greater proportion of the 100+ countries involved in the BRI
- The UK has a particularly strong track record with TVET and TNEs. Currently the UK has TNE partnerships in all but 14 countries worldwide
- The UK’s global reputation for curriculum, qualifications, higher education and training have made these particularly strong areas for current and future collaborations
- Although involvement in many educational areas is already underway, and projects involving student exchanges and TNE partnerships in particular are in some cases well-advanced, the potential scope for future projects is vastly greater and could lead to a meaningful boost for the UK education industry
- The UK could have a significant role to play in ensuring ethical standards and assuring quality in BRI projects and helping to further the ambitiously positive development goals intrinsic to China’s BRI narrative