Education and Sports


International students generated about £1 billion in earnings for the West Midlands (Universities UK 2017, The Economic Impact of International Students) and the large majority of international students are from China. The University of Birmingham has nearly 3000 Chinese students and the University of Warwick about 2,300. The number of Chinese students is likely to exceed 10,000 when all the Universities in the West Midlands are put together.

Aston Business School, Aston University

31st January 2019 – A seminar in collaboration with Aston Business School was held on ‘Enhancing links between businesses in the West Midlands and China’.  The speakers were Prof Yingqi Wei, Prof Jun Du. Angela Huang and Bill Good.

25th June 2019 – Aston Business School, in association with CWM 2020 and Birmingham China Business Forum, will host a half day conference on ‘Roads to China:  Developing strategies for building effective relationships with China’.  Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, Liam Byrne and Beverley Nielsen are keynote speakers.  Other involved institutions include University of Birmingham, Warwick University, Birmingham City University and Wolverhampton University.

Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, Warwick University

May – June 2019 – A team of 6 MA Creative Media and Enterprises students on the Edgbaston Hall is working on a research project to establish an audience development strategy for CWM 2020.

CWM 2020 is looking for more collaborative events with Universities, for example, seminars on China related economic, social and cultural themes that would be of benefit to students, businesses and local communities. To get involved, please get in touch.


Schools are increasingly interested in China and the Chinese language. According to the British Association for Chinese Studies, 13% of state schools and 46% of independent schools teaches Mandarin Chinese. The UK Government in 2016 launched a £10 million mandarin excellence programme to get 5,000 young people towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

Malvern College

Malvern College is working with its Youth Orchestra on the Yellow River Cantata in 2020

We would like to collaborate with schools in the West Midlands on projects to explore Chinese culture and language. To get involved, please get in touch.


Playing sports is a great way for bringing people together.

Jianzi Kick Shuttle

Jianzi or kick shuttle is a popular game often played in parks amongst friend in China.  We will be introducing Jianzi during the Sutton Games on 13th-14th July 2019 with a live demonstration.

On 16th November 2019, CWM 2020 will run the first ever UK Jianzi Championship in Birmingham.


CWM 2020 is planning 2 cycling events.  The first is a cycling tour of Chinatowns from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool around May/June 2020.  The second which is planned for 2021 will take place along the Silk Road, between the UK and China, involving cyclists from both countries.

To get involved, please get in touch.