Past Olympians and Pilot of World's Fastest Car Join Forces At Showcase For Best Of British Education

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Attendees of education focused event explore how sport, science and technology can be used to inspire young people to further study.

Steve Cram MBE

New partnerships forged today will not just generate new business, but help shape the high-tech skills we need to drive progress and fuel growth.

Inspiring the next generation was the theme at the British Business Embassy on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 in London as 120 UK and international delegates explored how sport, science and technology can be used to inspire young people to further study.

As three UK institutions announced plans to expand their international operations, the event showcased the best of British education to the world, promoting international collaboration and increased trade in ideas and services.

Steve Cram, former world record holder and Olympic silver medalist, and Olympic gold medalist Sally Gunnell spoke on how sport can inspire young people to stay in education. They were joined by Wing Commander Andy Green, the pilot of world’s fastest car, the Bloodhound SSC, which was used to encourage schoolchildren to study science and technology.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:

"The UK's education and skills sectors have a world class reputation. Britain is home to leading universities, excellent vocational education and world-renowned schools."

“The Global Business Summit on Education will provide a unique platform for educators from across Britain and around the world to discuss global education challenges and do business with each other. It will provide a powerful showcase for our education sector and its increasing importance in today's highly competitive internationalized economy."

Minister for Trade & Investment Lord Green said:

“The UK’s education sector generates over £14 billion in exports annually and is respected around the world as a global innovator. New partnerships forged today will not just generate new business, but help shape the high-tech skills we need to drive progress and fuel growth.”

Other speakers included Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Adviser from Pearson, and Professor Geoff Petts, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster.

Jim Wynn, Chief Education Officer of Promethean, a Lancashire firm which makes interactive tools, displays and systems for use in classrooms, said:

“The British Business Embassy Education day will be a great opportunity to showcase over 40 years of education technology innovation. Promethean, a UK company working in 108 countries worldwide, is very proud to be associated with this event.”

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International business announced at the event included:

The New College Nottingham International Lifestyles Academy (NILA), a collaboration between New College Nottingham (a UK Further Education College) and the Batra Group, will be opened in New Delhi in September. The Academy will deliver higher level vocational education for up to 1,000 students and will be the first of its kind in India. It will focus on the delivery of a lifestyles curriculum and advanced English and teacher training qualifications. It is hoped through Batra Group's large portfolio, businesses will also provide practical experience and enable progression routes for learners. The intention is to replicate this model across India to cover different vocational strands. The project is expected to create over 50 new jobs in the first academy in India.

The University of Salford will officially launch Salford Professional Development, a subsidiary company wholly owned by the University, providing high-quality, research-informed training and professional development courses in Britain and overseas using state-of-the-art facilities. The company aims to secure contracts with an estimated value of £5 million. Ten new jobs will be created in the company and an estimated 300 jobs created across the North West through the economic benefits generated by enhancing workers’ skills and productivity.

Liverpool City College has secured a three-year contract to provide management coaching skills and English language programs for Chinese students. The programs, valued at £45,000 over the three years, will commence in September 2012. This is expected to generate at least two new jobs in the UK.

In addition, the British Council has revealed that the UK-Turkey Knowledge Partnership Program, signed in September 2011, has since achieved 22 partnerships between universities in the UK and Turkey, and Turkish industry. Each is intended to engage academics and industry in collaborative partnerships between the UK and Turkey in key sectors of value to both countries. The British Council is fostering these 22 partnerships with seed funding and working with Turkey to achieve a shared ambition of trebling the number of partnerships by 2015.

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