British Council drive to get more UK students in China

More scholarships and internships will boost graduates in the business world, says chief executive Martin Davidson

June 13, 2013

The British Council is to offer more scholarships for UK students to study in China amid concern from businesses that graduates lack the experience to work with the rising economic giant.

The council’s Generation UK campaign aims for at least 15,000 UK students to study or gain work experience in China by 2016.

In 2011, about 3,500 studied in the country, a figure Generation UK aims to increase by at least a third by September 2016.

The council said that it would boost the “amount and variety” of available academic scholarships as well as offering two-month funded internships across China for UK students.

University careers advisers were taken to China in March to help them to better understand job opportunities available in the country, the council said.

Martin Davidson, the council’s chief executive, said that business leaders had told the organisation “many times” that they “fear for the UK in a global economy if our young people do not gain international experience and skills”.

“This campaign is designed to provide that. Currently the UK lags far behind other nations in terms of young people’s outward mobility,” he warned.

This is not the first time concerns have been raised that UK students are failing to pick up experience overseas during their time at university.

In March 2012 a report, Recommendations to Support UK Outward Student Mobility, by the UK Higher Education International Unit recommended the creation of a national strategy to encourage student mobility, noting that the UK ranked 25th in the world in terms of the number of students studying abroad.

During five upcoming workshop sessions in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast, the council will explain to university staff how institutions can participate in the campaign.

In the autumn, the British Council will also stage a roadshow targeted at students.

david.matthews@tsleducation.com

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Board Member BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY (MAIN OFFICE)

Most Commented

Elderly woman looking up at sky

A recent paper claims that the quality of researchers declines with age. Five senior scientists consider the data and how they’ve contributed through the years

Otto illustration (5 May 2016)

Craig Brandist on the proletarianisation of a profession and how it leads to behaviours that could hobble higher education

Woman tearing up I can't sign

Schools and universities are increasingly looking at how improving personalities can boost social mobility. But in doing so, they may be forced to choose between teaching what is helpful, and what is true, says David Matthews

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration 19 May 2016

Tim Blackman’s vision of higher education for the 21st century is one in which students of varying abilities learn successfully together

Door peephole painted as bomb ready to explode

It’s time to use technology to detect potential threats and worry less about outdated ideas of privacy, says Ron Iphofen