UKIC / Office of China Initiatives / Collaborate with China

Collaborate with China

The Office of China Initiatives is committed to working with UK colleges to develop strategic programs in China and to sustain a high level of institutional engagement with Chinese universities and institutions through:  

  • Identifying strategic China partners with whom UK colleges can build collaborative relations 
  • Leading and facilitating steps that lead to the establishment of new collaborations 
  • Working with UK colleges to review and evaluate existing programs and assist colleges to expand and strengthen existing collaborations with China 
  • Working with UK colleges to maintain and keep existing programs with China 
  • Facilitating and coordinating with UK colleges on Chinese delegations’ visits to the UK campus 
  • Facilitating and coordinating UK delegations’ visits to Chinese institutions, including but not limited to visa applications and travel orientation for first timers 
  • Enhancing programmatic efforts to engage alumni in China and to seek their help in supporting the university 
  • Working with Chinese partner universities for the coordination of in-China UK activities such as graduation, alumni events and orientations for new students coming to UK 
  • Coordinating the University of Kentucky's Strategic China partnerships such as UK - Jilin University Collaborative Framework and other similar programs 
  • Promoting the University of Kentucky in China 

Chinese Universities: Project 211

Project 211 is a project of National Key Universities and colleges initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, with the intent of raising the research standards of high-level universities and cultivating strategies for socio-economic development. During the first phase of the project, from 1996 to 2000, approximately US$2.2 billion was distributed. 

China today has more than 117 institutions of higher education (about 6 percent) designated as 211 Project institutions for having met certain scientific, technical and human resource standards and offering advanced degree programs. Project 211 schools take on the responsibility of training four-fifths of doctoral students, two-thirds of graduate students, half of students from abroad and one-third of undergraduates. They offer 85% of the state's key subjects, hold 96% of the state's key laboratories and utilize 70% of scientific research funding.

The name “Project 211” comes from an abbreviation of the 21st century and 100 – the approximate number of participating universities. 

Chinese Universities: Project 985

Project 985 is a project that was first announced by CPC General Secretary and Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the 100th anniversary of Peking University on May 4, 1998, to promote the development and reputation of the Chinese higher education system. The project involves both national and local governments allocating large amounts of funding to certain universities, in order to build new research centers, improve facilities, hold international conferences, attract world-renowned faculty and visiting scholars, and help Chinese faculty attend conferences abroad. 

When first announced in 1998, the project funding was made available to an elite group of 9 universities. These 9 universities made up the C9 League in 2009, which is the Chinese equivalent of the U.S. Ivy League. By the end of the second phase of the project, 39 universities were sponsored. It was announced in 2011 that the project has closed the door, no more new schools can join.