CHESS Service
We are delighted to launch our Comprehensive Higher Education Strategy Service (CHESS) for 2022, providing access to a range of practical quarterly workshops, insights, and reports for UK higher education institutions.

Whether you have an advanced China footprint with a dedicated team on the ground through CBBC’s Launchpad, advanced partnerships driving marketing, student recruitment and TNE; or you are seeking to expand your China activity, CHESS will enable you to drive forward your China strategy. 

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Comprehensive Higher Education Strategy Service (CHESS)

CHESS draws upon sector insights and perspectives from CBBC’s Education Team in both the UK and China, together with experts from professional institutions, Chinese partners and CBBC’s member organisations.   

This enhanced and comprehensive service will enable your institution to interpret significant policy changes in the sector and manage circumstances impacted by evolving social, economic, and political developments. You will have access to:

  • Four reports presented quarterly throughout the year, covering transnational education trends and higher education policies, data security, R&D, Intellectual Property (IP), as well as an annual summary report.
  • Four workshops, run on a quarterly basis, covering policy interpretation, financial frameworks, tax and legal considerations and best practice in data protection and individual information protection.
  • Explanatory presentations will be provided which will explore the topics raised by the reports, and individual clinic sessions will be available during the workshops to provide participants with advanced knowledge and understanding, as well as the opportunity to interact and network with fellow participants.

Chinese Market Growth

Despite the challenges to the sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: the number of Chinese students attending UK universities has continued to rise, growing by 34% over the last five years. With over 200,000 Chinese students currently enrolled at UK universities, Chinese students are one of the largest international student cohorts in the UK, making a significant contribution to the UK’s higher education sector and regional economies.

CBBC recognises the importance of China’s higher education market to the UK and CHESS will provide your institution with the external expertise, resources, and guidance to help you shape, pivot, and implement a future-proofed China strategy.

Delivery Schedule

The CHESS reports and workshops for our 2022/23 will be delivered prior to 31st March 2023.The sequence of topics may change subject to availability of speakers and contributors.


Transnational Education in China Today report is now available

UK institutions continue to thrive whilst developing partnerships with Chinese institutions, and there are currently 950 transnational education (TNE) programmes available in China, enabling over 60,000 Chinese students each year to study towards a UK qualification. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting travel between China and the UK for both students and academics, collaboration in higher education is as important as ever – as we emerge from the pandemic it is a critical stage for educational service providers to review and drive forward a strategy for Transnational Education in China.

The China-Britain Business Council has therefore taken this opportunity to release our latest report ‘Transnational Education in China Today’ – enabling UK universities to devise and optimise their approach to the China market and build up their capacity in the country.

Download a sample of the report here

Please note that this sample report can be downloaded for free however the full report is only available to CHESS subscribers and CBBC Premium Members.


Coming Up

The next report will address the impact of the new Data Security and Personal Information Protection Laws announced in 2021 on the international higher education sector this year.

Service Fees (+VAT)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


I. Content

Q1. What are the benefits of reading these reports? Who do you recommend should attend the workshops from my university?

The policy insights reports will offer analysis on the latest policy trends and developments relating to, and impacting, higher education in China. These insights and analysis from CBBC’s team of experts will help you inform your strategy when engaging with China. Depending on the topic of the workshop it may best for colleagues from across different functions to attend. Content will be relevant to colleagues working across student recruitment and international partnerships, research and knowledge exchange, and finance and legal teams.

Q2. My university is a CBBC corporate member. What is the difference between the content of these workshops when compared to the member forums that are offered to current HE members?

The content of the Education Forum and Innovation Forum is more general, and these forums are designed for colleagues to get a quick snapshot of the latest policy, legal/tax updates and to share best practices with colleagues from other CBBC member institutions.

These new policy workshops are designed to be focused on specific topics and address key issues in a targeted practical way. The workshops will consist of focused presentations and individual and confidential clinic sessions with experts on each of the topics in question.

Q3. Is this service going to be available every year or is it just for 2022? Will the product be updated on an annual basis? 

We hope that if there is sufficient demand for the service that we will be able to continue to offer it on an annual basis.

II. Purchase

Q1. There are four reports and four workshops in a package. Can my institution choose to buy only the report(s) with the topics and the sessions of the workshops with the themes that are of most interest to us?

While we are unable to offer a pick and mix model with the service, we can provide a fully comprehensive package of reports and workshops together, or either the four reports or four workshops as a separate option.

Q2. My institution is interested in the package but the budget for this fiscal year is not sufficient to make a lump-sum payment straight away. Can I pay partially now and pay the remaining part later this year? Any specific requirements? 

We can offer flexible payment options and tailor a payment plan to suit your needs. 

Q3. My institution is a current CBBC member organisation at the corporate level. The price for the package is GBP 3,600 (+VAT) and CBBC premium members can enjoy the package for free. 
What is the price for a CBBC premium membership and what are the benefits of this membership level? Are there any requirements to upgrade from a corporate level member to a premium level member?

CBBC Premium membership costs £10,500 (+VAT) per annum and offers a bespoke programme with unparalleled access, influence, and engagement with decision makers at the highest levels in the UK-China political and commercial network. Upgrading from corporate membership is simple, just speak to your CBBC relationship manager or email if you would like to consider upgrading.

Sign up for CHESS here


For further enquiries, please contact: 


Isabel Xu
Director, Knowledge Economy, CBBC 


Thomas Clayburn
China Market Business Adviser, Knowledge Economy, Education Sector Lead, CBBC