The Role of Universities in UK-China Relations
What role do the UK’s higher education institutes and research & development centres play in the country’s broader relationship with China? How has the political conversation regarding the presence of Chinese students on campuses across the UK evolved? Where should British universities seeking to engage with China more focus their efforts?
This week on the China Business Brief, Dr David Pilsbury talks to Joe Cash on how the sector is navigating an increasingly politicised operating environment.
Recently appointed as Chief Development Officer at Oxford International Education Group, David was until recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, at Coventry University, where - among his wider responsibilities - he was responsible for developing the university’s China strategy. During his time at Coventry University, David oversaw a 6-fold increase in overseas student recruitment, established the UK’s largest overseas collaborative delivery programme with over 20,000 students in almost 30 countries, and sowed the seeds for the university to open a campus in China.
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