East meets West

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Article publication date: 1 July 2000




(2000), "East meets West", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 24 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/jeit.2000.00324eab.006



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East meets West

East meets West

Keywords: International business, China

China's trade with the world has almost doubled in value since 1994, and the World Bank forecasts that it will become one of the three top traders by 2020. China's emergence as an increasingly confident world power is of immense significance to the UK, Europe and the international community as a whole. The Central Bureau for International Education and Training is developing a series of long-term sustainable education projects with partners in China and the UK, to foster mutual understanding and friendships between the young people who will form the next generation of teachers, business people and politicians. The projects include the following:

  • UK-China Exchange Programme. In collaboration with the Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), the Technology Colleges Trust (TCT) and the Chinese Embassy, the Central Bureau has begun a programme of activity with China to develop long-term, self-sustaining school partnerships. The programme includes headteacher visits, teacher visits/exchange and student visits/ exchange.

  • Assistant Teachers to China. Run in conjunction with the Chinese Embassy, this programme places UK graduates in schools, colleges and universities across China. The aim of the programme is for Chinese students to learn English from native speakers and for UK teachers to develop an improved knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

  • Partnership with HSBC. The Central Bureau has joined forces with HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations, in developing strategic partnerships to benefit Mandarin teaching and learning in the UK. A total of 24 teacher exchange bursaries are being made available over three years, including staff from five language colleges who have been sponsored by HSBC to exchange with counterparts in Chinese schools.

For further details of the Central Bureau's work with China contact: Angela Grimes. Tel: 020 7389 4447; e-mail: angela.grimes@britishcouncil.org

Dilbahar Tawakkul, the Central Bureau's Chinese Links Officer, is available from Tuesdays to Fridays: Tel. 020 7389 4431.

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