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Educational links

First Minister of Wales discussing academic links between Wales and China at the signing of a MoU between Swansea University and Beijing Daluhangxing Quality Certification Center Co., Ltd

Schools and further education

A schools project managed by British Council links more than 50 Welsh schools with schools in Chongqing. As a result of these links, several exchanges have taken place.

Oakfield Primary School in Cardiff is one of the schools to benefit from these links, mainly through a curriculum development element. 

The China and Wales Skills Exchange saw ten Welsh students from six colleges across Wales working alongside 40 of their Chinese peers from 12 of Chongqing's colleges in March 2011. Since then an agreement has also been signed between a consortium of Welsh FE Institutions and Chongqing Vocational Colleges.

The Further Education consortium has recruited a Mandarin-speaking FE representative in Chongqing, based in the Welsh Government office, supported by CollegesWales (UK) International, the British Council and the Welsh Government. This will lead to collaboration and student exchanges and training programmes.

Higher education and universities

All Welsh universities have signed agreements with universities in Chongqing and numerous other universities throughout China for collaboration in a wide range of areas. Bangor University has also opened an office in Beijing.

A Higher Education consortium has been established to provide a comprehensive portfolio of training and development programmes. All Welsh universities are involved, so the range of training programmes and courses which can be provided is huge. Training can be delivered in Wales or in China. They are also proposing to base a representative in our Welsh Government Office in Chongqing.

In Wales, the Confucius Institute in Cardiff works in collaboration with Xiamen University to offer various courses that enhance understanding between China and Wales. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David also has a Confucius Institute to promote learning and understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Cardiff University is working with some of China’s leading cancer organisations on ground breaking cancer research projects. In addition, Cardiff University signed a memorandum of understanding with Sun Yat-sen University in February 2017 in which the two institutions work together in the field of breast cancer research. Cardiff University is also joining forces with a major Chinese biomedical service provider to explore key biomedical and clinical research opportunities, including integrative biosystems; mind, brain and neuroscience; immunology, Infection and Inflammation; and population health.

China’s highest ranking female politician, Vice Premier Madam Liu, made a two day visit to Wales. During her visit, Madam Liu visited Cardiff University to unveil a plaque symbolising the launch of a new joint college led by Cardiff University and Beijing Normal University to add to 40 other partnerships. “Students of the new Cardiff-Beijing Chinese Studies Joint College will follow a collaboratively developed curriculum in Chinese Language and Cultural Studies leading to a dual undergraduate award by both universities.” Cardiff University.

Swansea's Griffith John founded one of China's oldest hospitals, the Wuhan Union, in 1855. Swansea University's College of Medicine collaborates with the Wuhan Union to this day.

Find out more about our universities on our Studying in Wales pages.