"Teaching in the UK was based on discussion; you had to listen, participate, and raise questions. In China, you would take a lot of notes and memorise those for your examination." Photo by Richard Lee under Creative Commons licence.

'Teaching in the UK was based on discussion; you had to listen, participate, and raise questions. In China, you would take a lot of notes and memorise those for your examination.' Photo by Richard Lee under Creative Commons licence.

"Teaching in the UK was based on discussion; you had to listen, participate, and raise questions. In China, you would take a lot of notes and memorise those for your examination." Photo by Richard Lee under Creative Commons licence.

As the new Education UK Alumni Awards launch this week to celebrate the achievements of international graduates of UK universities, Kirsty Pelenur explains why international study is good for the UK and sending countries, as well as the students themselves.

Chinese architecture embraces both traditional and contemporary elements. Photo of the 'Bird's Nest', Beijing's National stadium by Baron Reznik on Flickr/CC.

Chinese architecture embraces both traditional and contemporary elements. Photo of the 'Bird's Nest', Beijing's National stadium by Baron Reznik on Flickr/CC.

Chinese architecture embraces both traditional and contemporary elements. Photo of the 'Bird's Nest', Beijing's National stadium by Baron Reznik on Flickr/CC.

In recent years, rapid urban development in China has seen bold new architectural designs. The British Council's Li Ying looks at some of the influences on contemporary Chinese architecture and examines what can be gained from collaboration between the UK and China in this field. The Sino-UK higher education collaboration on architecture runs until 30 September in Harbin, China.

'Thai Mae Fae Luang University has worked in the village of Huay Lad Nai to develop a sustainable tea business to benefit the local community.' Photo by Windlash on Flickr/CC.

'Thai Mae Fae Luang University has worked in the village of Huay Lad Nai to develop a sustainable tea business to benefit the local community.' Photo by Windlash on Flickr/CC.

'Thai Mae Fae Luang University has worked in the village of Huay Lad Nai to develop a sustainable tea business to benefit the local community.' Photo by Windlash on Flickr/CC.

What role can universities play in their local communities? The British Council's Paul Smith explains some recent developments and looks at examples of universities working with communities in the Asia Pacific region. The Global Education Dialogue Universities as agents of social change takes place on 25 and 26 September.

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How effective are the online information and enquiry services of the top 500 universities? The British Council's Elizabeth Shepherd looks at new research that evaluates the recruitment process through the eyes of prospective international students.  The research will be presented at the European Association of International Education (EAIE) Conference, taking place from 16 to 19 September.

'Integrating international students into the home community is fundamental to internationalising higher education.' Photo by Mat Wright / British Council

'Integrating international students into the home community is fundamental to internationalising higher education.' Photo by Mat Wright / British Council

'Integrating international students into the home community is fundamental to internationalising higher education.' Photo by Mat Wright / British Council

International students make a vital academic, economic and cultural contribution to the UK’s higher education sector, but whose responsibility is it to make them feel welcome? The British Council’s Zainab Malik writes about our research on the matter, released today.