Newcastle Council Sister City Partnerships in China

Newcastle City Council has Sister City Partnerships with three cities in China: Hainan, Henan and Taiyuan. TEP has helped several Newcastle schools set up partnerships with Wuhan.

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True Education Partnerships has been building strong, lasting links between the UK and China since 2011. We work closely with several British councils and the Chinese Ministry of Education to provide a range of government-backed, immersive education experiences for schools and trusts nationwide.

These experiences are designed to not just enhance the skills and development of students and teachers, but also promote cultural diversity and economic growth across cities and regions across the UK. We do this by facilitating strong sister partnerships between cities and schools, enabling greater connection and exchange of ideas and resources.

Newcastle Council China Sister Cities

Newcastle is twinned with the Hainan and Henan Provinces, and Taiyuan in Shanxi Province.

Newcastle Hainan
Newcastle Henan
Newcastle Taiyuan

Newcastle Upon Tyne has a proud history of working with people, organisations and countries from all over the world. Some relationships date back to the peace and friendship movements that emerged after World War II, while others have developed more recently built around business, cultural or educational links.

The oldest of Newcastle’s city partnerships is Taiyuan, which was created in 1985. Taiyuan is an industrial city that has the largest coal mining centre in China, as well as being home to several other corporations in the energy, engineering and chemical industries.

We help create Sister City Partnerships through our close ties with the Chinese government. If you’d like to create a partnership with China, get in touch with us.

Newcastle council partnerships

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Newcastle Sister School Partnerships

When a school chooses to partner through us, they open a door to a wealth of new ideas and approaches in education, lifestyles and pedagogies. Students develop a new level of cultural awareness and appreciation, learning new skills and becoming more motivated, intuitive and self-sufficient than before.

Not only do our partnership programmes have far-reaching benefits for the whole school; they also create free-thinking, well-rounded employees who go on to succeed beyond the classroom.

TEP have helped several Newcastle schools develop Sister Partnerships with schools in Wuhan. Some of these, such as West Jesmond Primary and Broadwood Primary, have already enjoyed hosting their fellow students from China and will soon be heading out to visit their Chinese sister schools.

Creating a Sister School Partnership for your school or trust can be a fantastic way to support your region’s links with China. As part of the partnership, we help you facilitate immersive learning experiences for both students and teachers.

Sister City Partnership Process

Partnership Initiation

We plan and launch Council Delegation visits to establish Sister City Partnerships between councils in the UK and China.

Economic Impact

A Sister City Partnership can encourage inward investment and has many bilateral benefits that make a significant economic impact.

Partnership Support

We support existing Sister City Partnerships between the UK and China through business, education and sport.

Education Opportunity

We invite schools to be part of rewarding Sister School Partnerships, which have mutual student benefits for both the UK & China.

Benefits of a Sister City Partnership

The UK and China have a long history of engagement and are now entering a ‘golden era’ of deepening relations between the two countries.

With two thirds of the global population projected to live in cities by 2050, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the needs of urban areas. The academic consensus is that it is getting harder to achieve governance, economic and well-being goals without engaging with partners in the wider international community.

The China International Friendship Cities Association counts 52 formal Sister City Partnerships between Chinese and British cities.

Partnering with a Chinese city has significant measurable benefits such as:

  • Increased city-wide cultural awareness
  • Educational partnerships and developments
  • An influx of business, tourism & trade
  • The sharing of valuable resources and approaches
  • Increased desirability and raised social profile
  • More investment in the local economy.

We have facilitated many Sister City Partnerships, including the iconic relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai, for which we championed the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

Links like these have a tremendous impact on a region’s international awareness, bringing social benefits that reach far into local communities as well as across the region and UK.

Newcastle-China Partnerships Past Activity

  • Newcastle became Sister Cities with Taiyuan in 1985, with delegations from Taiyuan visiting the city on various occasions to work on joint projects.
  • In 2008, Newcastle signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hainan Province to encourage collaboration in research, development and teaching across a range of disciplines. The agreement was the first of its kind between a UK university and Hainan Province.
  • A relationship between Newcastle and Henan was also initiated by Newcastle University in 2008 linked to emerging green industries in Newcastle.
  • Newcastle University and Xiamen University signed an agreement in 2012 to set up a Confucius Institute – the 19th Confucius Institute between China and the UK.
  • Ambassador Liu Xiaoming from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China attended the North East Economic Forum in 2012, welcomed by the Mayor of Newcastle.
  • In 2018, a group of headteachers from Wingrove Primary, West Jesmond Primary, Ravenswood Primary and Moorside Primary visited their sister schools in China with the help of TEP, where they signed an agreement to share good practice and facilitate ongoing learning experiences between the schools.