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Jointly spearheaded by the British Council, Universities UK, and the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, the consortium draws its impetus from the Chinese government’s ‘World-Class Universities and First-Class Disciplines’ initiative, which seeks to develop several of its institutions into world-class universities by 2020. Jiangsu province, ranked second in terms of GDP out of China’s 23 provinces, has been earmarked as being key to these ambitions and is already home to several of the UK’s flagship ‘one-to-one’ higher education collaborations, such as Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou.


- To build a platform that will deepen and broaden the level of strategic engagement and collaboration between universities in the UK and Jiangsu

- To raise the profile of higher education in Jiangsu in the UK and of the UK higher education sector in Jiangsu

-To harness multilateral cooperation as a mechanism to raise the quality and competitiveness of the participating institutions; sharing opportunities and addressing shared challenges together


About Jiangsu

Jiangsu is an eastern-central coastal province of China, just north of Shanghai, with its capital in Nanjing. It is the most densely populated province, but it has the highest GDP per capita of China's 23 provinces. Jiangsu is home to many of the world's leading exporters of electronic equipment, chemicals and textiles. It has also been China's largest recipient of foreign direct investment since 2006. Its 2014 nominal GDP was more than 1 trillion USD, which is the sixth highest of all country subdivisions.


Jiangsu - 23

Jiangsu - 23

Jiangsu - 23

Changzhou University

China Pharmaceutical University

China University of Mining & Technology

Hohai University

Jiangnan University

Jiangsu University (China Secretariat)

Jiangsu Normal University

Jiangsu University of Science & Technology

Nanjing University

Nanjing Agricultural University

Nanjing Forestry University

Nanjing Normal University

Nanjing Medical University

Nanjing Technology University

Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Nanjing University of the Arts

Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Nanjing University of Science & Technology

Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications

Nantong University

Soochow University

Southeast University

Yangzhou University

UK - 14

Jiangsu - 23

Jiangsu - 23

Cranfield University

Coventry University

Lancaster University

Queen’s University Belfast

Swansea University

University of Derby

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

University of Liverpool (UK Secretariat)

University of Oxford

University of Cambridge

University of Plymouth

University of Reading

University of York



UK-Jiangsu Knowledge Economy Education Partnerships Building World Class Universities Together

Nanjing, 03/2017- British Council and UK universities joined hands with Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education and Jiangsu universities to build leading universities. 


The 5th UK-China People-to-People Dialogue

London, 12/2017- Chaired by Jeremy Hunt, UK’s Secretary of State for Health and Liu Yandong, vice premier of China’s State Council, UK and China signed the Protocol of UK-Jiangsu 20+20 World-Class University Initiative.  


UK-Jiangsu 20+20 World-Class University Initiative

London, 12/2017- British Council, Universities UK International, Jiangsu Government and Department of Education, 8 UK universities and 5 Jiangsu Universities set the aim to build an alliance made up of 20 UK and 20 Jiangsu higher education institutions.


UK Secretariat and Jiangsu Secretariat

Jiangsu, 06/2018- Voted as the UK secretariat by partners and Prof Alan Marshall the UK chair, together with British Council, University of Liverpool visited Jiangsu University for the first chair meeting.


Launch Ceremony of UKJS 20+20 Consortium

Jiangsu, 04/2019- University of Liverpool, University of York, Cranfield University, University of Leicester, Nanjing University and Jiangsu University signed MOU at the opening ceremony, followed by Panel discussions in 3 consortium areas- advanced manufacturing, environmental engineering and healthcare.


Quarterly UK Partner Meetings

London, 2018 & 2019- Representatives from 13 UK partners agreed to develop collaboration with Jiangsu in mobility of students and academics, joint research projects, education of joint masters and PhDs and tailored training programmes, so as to boost innovation, the quality of research and talent development between UK and Jiangsu.

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