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Home > China-UK Events > 2011
Minister Yuan Guiren Visited the UK with an Education Delegation
2011/11/02

At the invitation of Mr. Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for Education, Mr. Yuan Guiren, Chinese Minister of Education, visited the UK with a delegation on October 26-28. During the visit Mr. Yuan and his party attended the sixth China-UK Ministerial Education Summit and the opening ceremony of the China-UK Higher Education Roundtable. They also visited the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming attended the relevant activities with the delegation.

The sixth China-UK Ministerial Education Summit held on October 27 was jointly presided over by Mr. Yuan Guiren and Mr. Michael Gove. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Mr. David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, and Mr. John Hayes, Minister of State of British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, attended the Summit. The two sides reviewed the implementation of the “China-UK Framework Agreement on Educational Cooperation Partnership”, which was signed on November 9 last year in the presence of the Chinese Primer and the British Prime Minister, and reached agreement on further deepening the bilateral cooperation including: in the field of basic education, strengthening policy dialogues and discussions, organizing trainings for primary and secondary school teachers and carrying out mandarin teaching cooperation and twinning projects among excellent primary and secondary schools; in the field of vocational education, jointly holding China-UK vocational education dialogues, establishing partnership among vocational education institutions and cooperating in the curriculum development in vocational education; and in the field of higher education, strengthening the development of high-level talents and the cooperation in scientific researches and expand student exchanges.

After the Summit, Mr. Yuan Guiren and Mr. Gove signed the "China-UK Education Partnership Action Plan". Both sides agreed that the signing of the Action Plan is an important milestone in the development of the educational relations between the two countries.

During his visit to Britain, Minister Yuan Guiren also attended the opening ceremony of the China-UK Higher Education Roundtable together with Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and British Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts. They respectively delivered a speech. The heads of 20 top Chinese universities, including Beijing Normal University, and 20 well-known British universities, including the University of Edinburgh and the University of Nottingham, had a day of in-depth exchanges and discussions and singed a number of cooperation agreements.

On October 28, Mr. Yuan Guiren and his party visited the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Mr. Yuan spoke highly of the influence and contribution of the School in the field of humanities and social sciences. He said that LSE's Confucius Institute for Business London as the first Confucius Institute for Business in the world integrates the mandarin teaching with business profession and links school education to application. LSE Director Professor Judith Rees said that there is a lot to be learned from China. LSE pays great attention to the exchanges and cooperation with China and is vigorously supporting the development of the Confucius Institute for Business London. Minister Yuan also met with the representatives of the Chinese students studying in LSE. He learned about their study and encouraged them to work hard in learning the scientific and cultural knowledge and advanced management experience and better serve their motherland with what they learn.

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