China approves 38 new TNE partnerships

China’s Ministry of Education has announced the latest batch of joint programs and institutes, including 36 joint degree programs with overseas universities at bachelor’s degree level and above, and two joint institutes offering an additional eight programs.

According to a market report from the British Council, the largest number of approvals came from the US with 16 joint programs and one joint institute, while four of the partnerships involved UK institutions, all at bachelor’s degree level.

Engineering and science were revealed to make up the largest portion of approved programs, accounting more than a half of the new approvals.

The new partnerships will start to recruit students in the 2019-20 academic year.

The large number of US partnerships may be a reaction to slower growth in direct student recruitment as a result of domestic policies in the US.