The BritCham Education Forum aims to advance China-UK education by sharing knowledge, assisting in the development of world-class institutions and empowering connections. Our aims are:
- Maintain a strong community of members
- Support member organisations
- Develop a powerful network of education organisations
- Deliver up-to-date information and industry insights
- Provide a space for to discuss opportunities and challenges
- In 2015, China’s education industry was worth 1.6 trillion RMB, and expected to rise to RMB3 trillion in 2020, with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 12.7. (Deloitte 2017)
- China had 734 international schools as of 2017, the most of any country in the world (356 schools offered A-Levels as of 201)
- The UK is China’s largest partner in Transnational Education (TNE), with 275 partnerships
- In 2016, there was a 8.9% y-o-y increase in Chinese students going abroad for higher education (with a total number at 664,933).
- The Chinese government aims to make preschool enrolment universal for all children.
- The government has introduced a wealth of initiatives to improve vocational education, and close the skills gap by encouraging students to learn more practical skills at university. The government is also encouraging higher education institutions and universities to work together more.
- China is becoming a world leader in educational technology, with China becoming the biggest investor in EdTech led by massive internet companies such as Baidu, Tencent and Taobao
- The Government’s World Class 2.0 initiative aims to have more Chinese universities ranked as top universities internationally. In the most recent Times University 2018 rankings for Asia, Mainland China had 63 of the 350 places, including Tsinghua and Peking in the top three.
How to Get Involved?
Attending events, meeting fellow-members and maintaining communication with the co-chairs and committee allow everyone in the education forum to have an active voice.
We want enthusiastic individuals to join the forum committee as “at large” members. Please contact us if you are interested in participating and able to commit one hour a month.
Julian is cofounder of Venture Education. Venture empowers UK education in China through research, projects and partnerships; including edtech market entry and M&A. He is an associate for UCL Discentia Capital which invests in the future of learning. He has fifteen years’ experience working in education in China including working for Harrow Beijing and the British Council. Julian is currently Vice Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China.
“The Education Forum represents the full diversity of UK organisations in China and our mission is simply to give British education a voice to collaborate, to advocate for positive change and to inspire.”