CGHE Webinar 308

‘The University of China’ – a documentary exploring how UK universities’ financial objectives is impacting Chinese students’ UK university experience

Date: Thursday, 14 July 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom webinar
Speaker(s):
  • Liza Kaminov, Freelance producer and broadcast journalist
  • Isaine Blatry, Freelance broadcast and multimedia journalist
  • Zi Wang, Reporter for the Business Insider

Event Materials

This event is now archived and we are pleased to provide the following event media and assets, along with the original event overview.

UK universities attract a large number of international students with the promise of academic excellence. One particular group of students is being admitted at a record speed, bringing large amounts of income to UK universities. These are students coming from China. In 2019, there were over 120,000 Chinese students coming to study in the UK, bringing £3.7 billion into the country through tuition fees, travel and living expenses. A report released in 2021 by King’s College London and the Harvard Kennedy School raised concerns about the UK universities’ increasing financial dependence on Chinese students. Based on the report findings, we decided to examine this issue from the Chinese students’ point of view. Travelling across the country to different universities, interviewing over 40 Chinese students and sending Freedom of information requests to over ten universities, we set out to film a documentary. Our goal was to shed more light on the impact of the UK universities’ financial dependence on the Chinese students’ university experience.

Watch the documentary on YouTube

Watch the documentary on Bilibili

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