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CBBC signs agreement with Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange to boost graduates’ skills

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The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) which will help to improve the employability of graduates by fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. The agreement reflects the increasing importance of these skills to universities and businesses in the UK and China. 
Under the MoU, signed on 21 October at the British Business Centre in Beijing by Stephen Phillips, chief executive of CBBC, and Che Weimin, deputy director-general of CSCSE, the two organisations will support collaboration between higher-education institutions in the UK and China to help graduates in both countries.
CBBC and CSCSE intend to establish a platform for businesses, universities and graduates to meet and cooperate, in order to strengthen the links between higher education institutions and employers.
 “CBBC supports a large number of UK universities in China through our highly successful Launchpad® scheme, whereby organisations without a base in China use CBBC’s facilities to take their first step in the market before establishing their own presence there,” explained Stephen Phillips, chief executive of CBBC.
“It is crucial to employers, whether in the UK or China, that they are able to recruit from a pool of skilled, employable graduates, and this MoU builds towards that objective. Entrepreneurship and innovation are key skills in today’s fast-moving economy, and we envisage that CBBC’s partnership with CSCSE will bring crucial benefits to both British and Chinese companies in the medium and long term.”
As part of the agreement CBBC and CSCSE will arrange joint events and delegations for universities, while CBBC will also promote CSCSE’s recruitment fairs among British companies. CBBC will explore ways to bring the renowned Chunhui Cup – an innovation and entrepreneurship competition for Chinese overseas students organised by CSCSE – to Britain.
The signing ceremony took place during a reception to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the China-Britain Business Council and the launch of the renovated British Business Centre in Beijing. It was witnessed by Lord Sassoon, chairman of CBBC and Sun Jianming, director-general of CSCSE.
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