Shanghai Urban Construction Vocational College has collaborated with; the NPTC Group of Colleges in the United Kingdom to boost international cooperation in higher vocational education.

Students from the China-UK Vocational College of Excellence, a joint project set up; by the two education institutions on Nov 16, will receive education from both institutions.


Students will also receive certifications issued by both upon graduation.

The cooperation is currently limited to four majors: architectural engineering technology, architectural design, computer application technology and construction cost.

The cooperation; will be extended to more majors, according to Ye Yinzhong, the principal of SUCC.



“As the largest State-run vocational college in Shanghai, SUCC will focus; on launching more majors for the Excellence College to benefit more students and provide a platform for teachers from both sides to communicate,” says Ye.

Steve Rhodes, vice-principal of NPTC, considered the cooperation a win-win project for both institutions.

“Chinese vocational colleges offer programs delivered by highly qualified staffs, who sometimes are practitioners within the vocational area, while in the UK, all of our staffs are going to education as their second career, so they are practitioners within the educational subject,[” Rhodes says”].

“Therefore, I think China and the UK can work very well together by; bringing the academia of China and the practitioners of the UK together.”

According to Rhodes, NPTC, which formed; in 2013 following a merger between the Neath Port Talbot College and Coleg Powys in Wales, will work on Western teaching-training methodologies and curriculum-mapping fields to improve; vocational education nationally.

According to Ye, NPTC has many good experiences;that SUCC can learn from, given that vocational education in the UK has;been widely recognized by the international community since the Graduate Level of Apprenticeship was introduced in the UK in 2015.

The Graduate Level of Apprenticeship combines undergraduate or master’s degrees with vocational training.

China has been striving to improve its vocational education since 2012 when the first International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training was; held in Shanghai.

The country is now home to more than 12,000 vocational schools; with over 26 million students and an annual enrollment of more than 9 million, according to the Ministry of Education.

Since early 2018, China has enhanced cooperation with the UK by setting up the China-UK Vocational Education Cooperation and Development Committee, which has launched various projects, including the establishment of a teacher-training base in Shanghai that aims to deliver high-quality teachers for vocational education through exchanges.