China's education minister Yuan Guiren said education cooperation between China and the United Kingdom is an important part of China's efforts to globalize education.
"To enhance education globalization, Chinese universities are accelerating their pace to go abroad," said Yuan.
"It is positive exploration of Chinese higher education institutions in setting up joint education programs and schools in developed countries and also another highlight in China-UK educational cooperation."
In September, Beijing Normal University and Cardiff University launched the Beijing Normal-Cardiff College. As home to a flagship dual degree program in Chinese studies, the new college allows students to study two years in Beijing and two in Cardiff.
"China-UK cooperation in joint schools started early and progressed smoothly," said Yuan during China Daily's interview ahead of President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK.
The Ningbo-NottinghamUniversity was set up in 2004 and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was established in 2006, as the first batches of joint schools approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Yuan said these trials have now become successful examples in this field.
"Since 2004, when the two countries established comprehensive strategic partnership, cooperation in all fields and at all levels has been continuously expanded and strengthened," Yuan said.
Educational cooperation between China and UK currently covers a wide range from basic education to higher education, of various forms and at various levels.