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Behind the HE headlines is one key question – the purpose of universities

The past week’s higher education news demonstrates that there are certain expectations of universities that policymakers, HE leaders and the Augar review are expected to address, says Johnny Rich, Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors’ Council and Chief Executive of outreach organisation Push .

30 VCs sign new Civic University Agreement

Leaders of thirty universities have signed a Civic University Agreement, reaffirming their institution's commitment to their local communities by pledging to put the economy and quality of life in their home towns and cities at the top of their list of priorities.

UK-China agreement will boost joint research and student exchanges

A new UK-China Strategic Framework in Education agreement signed by UK universities minister Jo Johnson and China’s Minister of Education Yuan Guiren will see the two countries working more closely together on academic research, student exchanges, and the creation of new institutions.

A total of 23 education agreements were signed at the 8th UK-China Education Summit in London, paving the way for expanding collaboration across higher, vocational and school education, and to work closely together in sports education.

Agreements were signed to increase exchanges among researchers in the UK and China and to build their skills to enable further collaborations.

Jo Johnson commented: "Our relationship with China is entering a new phase of scientific and educational collaboration on an unprecedented scale. Our agreement will bring researchers together to address global challenges, change the lives of young people through better access to sports, and build partnerships across school, vocational and higher education to provide students in both countries with the right skills to become the leaders of the future."

 

 

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