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QAA collaborates on research to improve qualification recognition for Chinese students

Date: September 1 - 2021

As part of our services to our members, QAA is collaborating with the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) to deliver a survey on how UK universities have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By completing the survey, UK institutions will help CSCSE to improve the qualification recognition services it provides to Chinese students, thus removing potential disincentives to study in the UK for Chinese students. This will help to further cement the UK’s status as a prime destination for Chinese students, over 80,000 of whom applied for recognition by CSCSE in 2020, making up over 20% of all applications.

CSCSE is a public institution reporting to the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China. It is the only official organisation that provides overseas credential evaluation and recognition services in China, verifying degrees/qualifications obtained overseas, or provided through transnational education. QAA recently formalised our relationship with CSCSE by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate greater information sharing and collaboration on shared programmes between both organisations.

QAA builds partnerships with quality assurance and regulatory bodies in other countries as part of our services for our member institutions and to strengthen the reputation of UK higher education as a whole.

QAA Members will receive a link to complete the survey soon. The survey will close on 20 September 2021. A summary of the survey analysis will be shared with QAA Members.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us at: