The UK-China Partners in Education (UKCPIE) programme is a new
government-to-government initiative aimed at supporting a diverse
range of education engagement initiatives through a framework
agreement on education cooperation with China.
The Higher Education Partnership programme will increase the
number and breadth of higher education partnerships between the UK
and China, in emerging academic areas of interest to China and the
UK as well as in traditional areas such as STEM, business and
These partnerships will promote activities such as the
international mobility of students as well as PhD researchers and
staff through exchanges and short-term research visits, and
research collaborations and capacity building.
The programme will also encourage engagement with industry and
the private sector in supporting these partnerships. Participating
universities and institutions will benefit from an enhanced
international profile as an outward-looking, technologically
advanced institution and will gain access to top-class students and
The Secretary of Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and Mr
Yuan Guiren, Chinese Minister of Education, met at the 6th UK-China
Education Summit in London on 27 October 2011 to develop and
approve an action plan to implement the framework agreement.
To support this work the IU has established an expert Working
Group on China drawn from across the sector to provide advice based
on expertise and experience of working with China.
Current opportunities for HEIs under UKCPIE can be found on this page (members