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Ten Years of Scottish Qualifications in China

On 20 May 2013, SQA celebrated the 10th anniversary of its work in the People's Republic of China and the partnership with the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE). An awards ceremony to mark the occasion took place at Renmin University of China in Beijing.


The event recognised some of China's top teachers and Champions who have upheld the quality and integrity of SQA's HND qualifications; current and previous students who have achieved HNDs and are using them for further study or employment and our delivery partners who make them available. Find out about the awardees.

SQA is proud to work with CSCSE to deliver HNDs at universities throughout China. Since 2003, over 16,500 students have achieved a SQA HND. The qualifications have enhanced their future prospects and are making a real difference to their careers, their communities and the economic development of China.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive said, "The past 10 years have been exceptional and special. SQA has developed and sustained an effective partnership with the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange and Chinese Universities. Together we have enabled over 16,500 young people to benefit from achieving a globally recognised qualification. SQA is proud that Scottish qualifications are being used to help those young people to achieve their career ambitions and contribute to the economic prosperity of China."

Dr Brown continued, "SQA's commitment and work doesn't stop here and we will seek to continually improve the SQA HND programme in China. We want the programme to continue to flourish, and attract more students and universities, to allow more young people to benefit and gain a passport to future success."

Mr Bai Zhangde, Director General of the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange said, "Being jointly introduced into China by CSCSE and SQA in 2003, the programme has been growing steadily and achieving reputable recognition over the years. Today, we gather to honour the great contributions of the relevant parties and to award the excellent achievements of our students."

Rt. Hon. Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs video clip