China aims to increase foreign cooperation

April 1, 2010

China's emerging new education policy will aim to produce employable graduates with "international perspectives" by stepping up cooperation with foreign universities.

Tian Xiaogang, minister counsellor for education at the Chinese Embassy in London, discussed his government's National Outline for Medium- and Long-Term Educational Reform and Development at the Going Global conference.

Speaking on behalf of Zhang Xiuqin, director of the general department of international co- operation and exchanges at the Ministry of Education, he said the document, which has been published for consultation, aims to improve graduate employability.

The draft "points out that we will make endeavours to improve higher education quality, promote the integration of teaching, research and commercialisation, introduce a dual supervisor system, upgrade our research, provide better social service and optimise the higher education system," Mr Tian said.

"For this purpose, various measures will be taken to further expand international cooperation in higher education and vocational education," he said.

He added that the aim was to make a "continuous contribution" to reform and progress in China by producing more graduates with international perspectives.

john.morgan@tsleducation.com.

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