University sector head wants more UK students in China

The head of the universities sector said Britain should send more students to study in China in a bid to reduce geopolitical tensions between the two countries, writes Poppy Wood for iNews.

Vivienne Stern, chief executive of Universities UK, which represents more than 150 universities across Britain, told iNews that it would be “good for both of us” if the UK encouraged more young people to study at Chinese universities.

Since 2013, more than 67,000 people from the UK have participated in study, internship and teaching programmes across China, according to figures from the British Council. However, the figure is dwarfed by the number of Chinese students who come to British universities every year to study, with almost 115,000 enrolling last year alone – the highest of any country. Stern told iNews: “I believe that it’s just as important for us to gain knowledge and understanding of China as the other way round.”
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