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Chinese Education Official Visit 26 May 2004

On Monday 24 May, the Isle of Man was visited by Dr Ma Liang, Chief Executive of the Office for British Higher Education Programmes, at the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE), part of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The visit comes only 3 weeks after the IOM Government visit to China, when Education Minister Steve Rodan had meetings in Beijing with Chinese Education Vice Minister and Senior Officials, including Dr Ma.

Dr Ma (who was accompanied during the day by Professor Roger Carey of the International Business School) met the Chief Minister, and then attended a meeting at the Department of Education with the Minister and Department member Quintin Gill. During the day Dr Ma visited King Williamís College, Queen Elizabeth II High School and the International Business School.

The purpose of the visit was to progress further recognition and awareness in China of the Islandís Secondary, Further and Higher Education systems. It is hoped that the enrolment of Chinese students on to International Business School Business Degree programmes (and as school boarders at King Williamís College) will be encouraged.

The Centre is the main institution in China which verifies UK and foreign degrees and diplomas for the Chinese education sector. It also organises the take up of courses in the UK by Chinese students, and student exchange programmes.

It recently concluded with the Scottish Executive partnership agreements between Scottish Universities and eleven Chinese Universities, for joint degree programmes.

Following discussion with Dr Ma, the Department is now progressing a scheme for the participation of Isle of Man senior pupils and students in the annual CSCSE Summer Camp Programmes for British college students.

Steve Rodan said:

ďDr Maís office is currently running one week programmes in Beijing and Shanghai to give recreational and cultural experience of China, and I am delighted that they are keen to extend this to the Isle of Man. Students spend a week either staying with families, or at university campuses, and the only cost would be the airfare to China. We are investigating the practicalities of this for Island young people for this and future years.

ďI am pleased also that the Isle of Man Governmentís mission to China is bearing such early fruit, and it is very much hoped that the Islandís other business and cultural links with China and the Far East will continue to develop in such a positive way.Ē

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