Statement on UK-China Shared Interest in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education

Ceri Nursaw (Chief Executive) was a guest of the British Council in China as a keynote speaker at the second UK-China Innovation and Enterprise Education Forum. Funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Industrial Strategy the Forum aimed to support entrepreneurship in Chinese universities – a key requirement under China’s educational reform.

During the visit in March NCEE signed a Statement on UK-China Shared Interest in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education with the British Council and a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Association led by Tsinghua University.

Preamble

On the occasion of the UK-China Innovation and Enterprise Education Forum, held in Beijing from 17-18 March 2017, the attending representatives of British and Chinese higher education institutions reached a consensus on the following statement, which recognises their shared interest in strengthening collaboration on graduate employability outcomes, international enterprise education, and innovation exchanges.

This document represents a commitment to supporting collaboration between both sides, and to deepen and strengthen partnerships in the above areas. It shall not be legally binding on any of the parties that participated in the Forum.

Statement

In the spirit of collaboration and in recognition of the fact that “ongoing and further collaboration between higher education institutions, research institutes, and industry is in both countries’ shared interest to meet the challenges and opportunities of economic development, including supporting and strengthening graduate employability and entrepreneurship, focusing in particular on university-industry collaboration and exchanges in innovation and enterprise education”, as expressed in the 2015 UK-China Partners in Education Framework, all signatories confirm that:

  1. We agree that access to enterprise and entrepreneurship education enhances student learning, improves graduate skills, and helps develop the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs for the global economy.
  2. We recognise that enterprise and entrepreneurship education, through the development of skilled students and graduates, contributes significantly to the growth of innovation-oriented cities and regions. Links between the cities and regions of the UK and China are strengthened through enterprise and entrepreneurship education.
  3. We believe that sharing best practice and experience will benefit the delivery of enterprise and entrepreneurship education in both the UK and China, and add further value to an already strong education relationship.
  4. We agree that an effective and sustainable mechanism that supports national and institutional level collaboration will stimulate strategic partnerships and help to improve the effectiveness of enterprise and entrepreneurship education.
  5. We propose that further UK-China collaboration in the area of enterprise and entrepreneurship education – among institutions, enterprises, and national organisations – should take a systematic and sustainable approach, and support partnerships around quality standards, curriculum development, teacher training, business-education links, and student exchanges.