Over 200 delegates from both countries attended the UK-China Symposium on Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Education and Graduate Employability in March to share best practise and advise
and inform education policy in China going forwards.
Karen’s presentation on ‘Challenging Industries – an innovative industry led enterprise module’
detailed the establishment of the new module being delivered to students on the MSc Biological and
Bioprocess Engineering this year. Feedback from students on the module has been excellent and the
largely Chinese audience in Beijing were equally enthusiastic.
The Symposium formed part of the UK-China Education Policy Week – which was held as a follow up
on progress made at the 2015 UK-China People-to-People Dialogue and the 2015 UK-China
Education Summit, and contribute to setting the education agenda for 2016 and the “Golden Era” of
UK-China relations. The weeks’ activities brought together education leaders from the UK and China
to discuss top priorities and joint challenges in both countries, and to deepen collaboration and
explore partnership opportunities in a range of areas, from transnational education, vocational
education and student exchanges, to graduate employability and entrepreneurship.
With graduate employability lying at the heart of HE reform agendas internationally, ensuring that
graduates are prepared to meet industry needs is a key priority for national governments and HE
providers. Representatives from nine leading UK Universities and fourteen Chinese Universities and
education alliances exchanged approaches, challenges and recommendations in consideration of
policy environment in order to boost graduate outcomes.
Karen said “The British Council provided me with a fantastic opportunity to share experiences with
educators from across China and the UK. Working as we do in such an international market place,
attendance at the symposium will be extremely valuable.”