We are currently witnessing a record number of both Chinese students going abroad and foreign students coming to China. Meanwhile the Confucius network provides Chinese language and culture lessons to around 2 million students worldwide.

In this panel discussion we will be exploring the increasing importance of China in global education, China’s effectiveness in using education as a soft power tool and the opportunities and challenges of education partnerships between China and other countries including the UK.

Members interested in applying to the Tsinghua-based Schwarzman Scholars graduate programme are invited to stay on for an admissions information session after the panel discussion has concluded.

We invite Christian Tanja, Xiaoming Zhu and Andrew Disbury to discuss.


In collaboration with

Christian Tanja
Christian Tanja is an Admissions Outreach and Selection Officer for Schwarzman Scholars and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Tanja worked as an Outreach & Recruitment Specialist at the Institute of International Education working with corporate clients to administer their global scholarship programs. Mr. Tanja graduated with an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development and Higher Education. Previously, he lived in Shanghai, China serving as a college counselor and also as an undergraduate international admissions officer at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Xiaoming Zhu
Xiaoming Zhu is the National Network Coordinator at the UCL Institute of Education Confucius Institute. Her role is to provide support and advice to schools across England in their teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese, at both strategic and practical levels. As the first Chinese national to gain UK Qualified Teacher Status, Xiaoming has rich experience in teaching Mandarin Chinese in schools, and also in curriculum development, resource creation and teacher training. Xiaoming has also played a key role in establishing and supporting collaborations between the UCL IOE CI and various stakeholders in the UK, China and other European countries.

Andrew Disbury
As Vice-Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at UWS, Andrew has specific executive responsibilities for the internationalisation of the University’s activities and reputation, as well as overall responsibility for the University’s International Centre. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience of working in the higher education sector, including as Director of Education at the British Council in China, where part of his remit was the marketing of the ‘Education UK’ brand.

London – YCW London: “Schooling as soft power?” Panel discussion + Schwarzman Scholars information session (Thu, May 24) with Christian Tanja, Xiaoming Zhu, Andrew Disbury [Christian Tanja, Xiaoming Zhu and Andrew Disbury]
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