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The final post in our weekly series on the ten most important languages for the UK’s future, as identified by the British Council’s Languages for the Future report, is about Mandarin Chinese. Here, the British Council's Asmaa Ibrahim explains the characters, tonal differences, and sound similarities that make the language so fascinating.

Universities increasingly depend on Chinese and Indian postgraduates, but what other markets are opening up? The British Council's Zainab Malik, author of a new report about student mobility trends between now and 2024, says institutions and policy-makers need to attract students from other expanding economies.

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.

Universities teach and research, but what impact do they have on society? Ahead of a related policy dialogue in Guangzhou, China, on 12 July, the British Council's Caroline Chipperfield explains how more and more higher education institutions are becoming an integral part of their local communities.

How important are intercultural skills and proficiency in foreign languages to compete in the modern world? An essay competition, sponsored by Generation UK, invited UK students to tackle the question: How can our education better prepare us to compete in an increasingly globalised world? Read extracts from the winning essays below. The winners will participate in our UK-China Student Forum at Tsinghua University on

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