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Moving the HE landscape’s quality contours … again

The government's announcement of a major review of the National Student Survey signals a worrying shift in the HE regulatory landscape, warns Jon Scott, higher education consultant and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (student experience) at the University of Leicester.

Government plans mark a seismic shift in higher education policy

Statements from ministers this week have made it clear that higher education in England is facing significant reforms, re-setting its focus towards helping to plug the UK's skills gaps and rebuilding the economy. Fariba Soetan, Policy Lead for Research and Innovation at the National Centre for Universities and Business, argues that the proposed changes bring a welcome focus on graduate outcomes and supporting the careers of young people.

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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