Higher Education Partnerships Now; Whither or Wither?

  • When:
    Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Where:
    The University of Manchester China Centre, 英国曼彻斯特大学中国中心 (尚嘉中心 2901室)
    Room 2901, L'Avenue, 99 Xianxia Road, Changning District, Shanghai
  • Price:
    Attending in-person: Member Price - RMB 100; Non-member Price- RMB 150. Online (for overseas attendees): RMB 50.

Registration link: https://app.glueup.cn/event/higher-education-partnerships-now-whither-or-wither-29800/

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.

Join us in person or online on 12 January 2021! Online is available for people who are not in Shanghai. 


4:00 pm: Registration and networking.

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

4:35 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.

4.55 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A chaired by Alastair Balchin.


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, 

5:20 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 Hilary.Wu@britishchambershanghai.cn 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.

Event contact

Hilary Wu
+86 2162185022