The world has never been so interconnected. As a result, we have never been so interdependent, either as individuals, business corporations or as countries. Information, knowledge, technology, finance, resources and peoples across borders are shared and exchanged for mutual benefits.
Live Our Dreams will cultivate collaboration and networking among students, educators, business leaders and communities between UK and China to promote integration in knowledge and skills, and encourage cross-cultural understanding through dialogue, innovation and social engagement, in order to foster mutual understanding, cooperation and positive community engagement for leaders of the future generations.
The youth exchange programmes are of high demand, especially international summer educational programmes. For instance, according to Shanghai Exit-Entrance Administration Bureau, there were 81,000 primary and middle school students flew overseas between 1 June and 13 July 2013. A total of 18,400 flew from Shanghai Pudong International Airport alone within just one single week (1-7 July), and more than half of them were expected to be participants in summer programmes.
Summer educational programmes are vital to all children. Research has confirmed that a differential “summer setback” occurs to disadvantaged children who get less educational support in summers, while middle-class children’s learning is reinforced in the summer months through various summer educational programmes.
In collaboration with our partners in education, training and business community, we will organise three exchange programmes – language and cultural exchange, youth leadership exchange and youth technology exchange – for young people to expand their skills and knowledge, gain a deeper understanding and experience of foreign cultures, enhance foreign language skills, and build a global network in order to develop their leadership skills and influence in their communities. To meet the surging demand among Chinese young students studying abroad during summer holidays, we also offer high quality summer school and specialty camp programmes.
In addition to youth programmes, we will also organise industry related business exchange programmes for entrepreneurs between UK and China to bridge gap in knowledge and skills, create business opportunities, foster cl ose business relations, and facilitate investment activities.