Knowledge Exchange

Panel Discussion

Higher Education Partnerships Now; Whither or Wither?

12 Jan 2021 16:00 - 18:30
  • Member Price: RMB 100
  • Standard Price: RMB 150
  • Online Price: RMB 50
  • In-person event
  • Online webcast

Information sharing on policy developments and the wider business environment for trans-national education in China.

Event details

The pandemic and changing policies towards China have presented particular challenges to trans-national higher education in China. The event will address potential effects over the near to mid-term through discussion at the sector wide level, with some illustrative case studies.

Professor Sue Welburn ZJE and Professor Laura Bishop SBC-USST are both experienced in navigating the complex territory of Sino-British higher education. They will speak about the opportunities for adding value to the educational environments of both countries which are available to partners in these cooperative ventures. They will also discuss how the changing needs and priorities of the Chinese Ministry of Education have manifested themselves via alterations in policy and strategy. The different models for cooperation which are currently active and the differing approaches taken by some provinces will also be discussed.


4:00 pm: Registration and networking4:30 pm: Welcome remarks, Introduction by Alastair Balchin, Director of External Engagement, Sino-British College USST.

4:35 -5.55 pm: Keynote speech

Subject: ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Cooperation in Sino-Foreign Higher Education’ delivered by Professor Sue Welburn ZJE and Professor Laura Bishop SBC-USST. (20 mins)

4.55 – 5.10 pm: John’s speech

5.10 – 5.20 pm: Susi’s speech

5.20 – 5. 50 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A chaired by Alastair Balchin. (30 mins)


1)   Professor Sue Welburn,

2)   Professor Laura Bishop

3)   John McNamara, Global Head of Research, British Council

4)   Su Si, Head of Education Technology and Higher Education, British Consulate-General Shanghai,

5:50 pm: Formal session ends, networking

6:30 pm: Session ends.



In case of cancellation, please kindly note you must email the BritCham Shanghai Event staff before 4 pm, 11 Jan. Due to the service charges of Event Bank and online payment platforms, we can only partially refund up to 90% of your ticket price and payment will be processed within 14 days after the event via your original payment method. However, it is non-refundable for a cancellation request made beyond the above-mentioned timeframe.

The speakers

Prof Sue Welburn
Co-chair UK-China Joint Institute Alliance, Executive Dean, Zhejiang Edinburgh Institute and Chair of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
Prof Laura Bishop
Principal, Sino-British College University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
John McNamara
Global Head of Research at British Council
Si Su
Head of Education Technology and Higher Education at Department for International Trade
Alastair Balchin
Director of External Engagement, SBC at The Sino-British College, USST


The University of Manchester China Centre


Room 2901, L’Avenue, 99 Xianxia Road, Changning District
上海市长宁区仙霞路99号 尚嘉中心2901室

Venue sponsor

The University of Manchester China Centre

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