College overseas ambassadors promote FE sector in China

Overseas ambassadors from three colleges have been selected to represent the UK education sector on a recent trip to China.

Nottingham College’s head of international projects Shaf Hussain, Central Bedfordshire College’s international manager Richard Harrison, and Cardiff and Vale College’s international development manager Ian Thomas were all selected as guest speakers at the British Council Agent Training Workshops, which aimed to promote the UK FE sector to Chinese students and their parents.

Run by the British Council, the workshops took place in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, and were attended by education consultants, who are responsible for representing and helping families with their educational planning.

“A strong message went out to agents highlighting that FE is the best place to prepare international students for UK university study,” said Mr Hussain. “The purpose of me attending was to try to positively impact on the international student market and I’m happy to say that I feel that I was able to achieve this.”

The representatives hope their respective colleges will see an increased intake of international students by September 2018 as a result of the trip.