Generation UK

Generation UK was launched by the British Council in 2013 to help young UK nationals increase their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects, and develop a global mind-set through study and work experience opportunities in China. 

It has also sought to provide a growing number of opportunities for young people from the UK to understand and engage with China, as well as raising students’ awareness of the benefits of gaining international experience. Generation UK aims to bring young people from both countries closer together, increase mutual understanding, and pave the way to lasting links and partnerships between the UK and China.

Since the launch, more than 67,000 young people from the UK have participated in study, internship and teaching programmes across China, through both British Council programmes and wider initiatives. In 2019, approximately 12,000 young UK nationals gained experience in China, over 100 percent increase prior to the campaign.

By promoting outward student mobility, Generation UK supports the UK government’s agenda to foster the UK’s competitiveness and develop a generation of globally mobile, culturally agile young people who can succeed and compete in an increasingly international business environment. Generation UK is supported by all four UK government administrations.

Generation UK and Widening Participation 

Generation UK is committed to Widening Participation; providing funded opportunities to those who would not normally have access or the financial means to undertake an internship or study programme in China. 

Through our programmes, students can gain international work experience that is either related to what they are studying at university or their future career aspirations to help boost their cultural understanding and employment prospects. Our programmes have a strong uptake among low-income households (79 percent), first-generation scholars (40 per cent) and students from BAME backgrounds (43 per cent). 

Generation UK Legacy

As part of the Generation UK legacy, we have created a network of programme alumni, as well as young and experienced professionals in China related fields. The network ensures on-going engagement with China and provides a platform for alumni to share experiences, discuss issues and stay up to date with the latest trends and opportunities in China. We host annual events in the UK and work with partners to provide a range of opportunities for members to deepen their China connection.

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