The British Council selected our Higher Education and International Development Manager, Dr Richard Harrison, to participate in a Further Education Panel Discussion at four workshops located in different major cities in China in December 2017. The purpose of these workshops was to build relationships between organisations which are committed to promoting the UK's further education sector and international schools, vocational colleges, and relevant providers within mainland China.
The workshops are held annually in major cities in China, aiming to bring national education agents first-hand information on UK education, the latest visa policies and market trends, and to support them to prioritise and better promote UK education, while developing their capacity and professionalism.
Dr Harrison’s trip consisted of four agent workshops in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. During these workshops, Richard represented Central Bedfordshire College during the FE Panel Discussion session as a guest speaker, alongside Mr Shaf Hussain from Nottingham College and Mr Ian Thomas from Cardiff and Vale College. This was an exciting chance for Central Bedfordshire College to develop relationships with colleagues from the education sector overseas to provide further opportunities for our current and prospective students.
Around 130,000 mainland Chinese students are studying in the UK, with over 75% undertaking Higher Education courses. Following this successful series of workshops, we look forward to the growth of our international student community at Central Bedfordshire College.