By Maximilian Clarke

The UK and China will agree on an ‘action plan’ to strengthen cooperation in education between the two countries, Science Minister David Willetts has announced.

The action plan that will be agreed at a summit later today will take forward the education framework agreement signed in November last year by Michael Gove and China’s Minister for Education Yuan Guiren.

“As partners of choice in education, this action plan will offer benefits to both countries by ensuring that the UK and China have well educated and trained people who are equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges of a globalised world,” commented Minister WIlletts.

And Skills Minister John Hayes, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity to explore new ways of collaborating between industry and education institutions. We’re looking forward to discovering possible approaches to piloting a UK apprenticeship programme in China during 2012.”

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