SSEEP: The Shandong Scotland Education and Enterprise Partnership

Professor Dame Joan Stringer DBE FRSE
Honorary Citizen of Shandong

David Valentine MBE and Dr Judith McClure CBE


Terms of Reference


The overall aim of the Shandong Scotland Education and Enterprise Partnership (SSEEP) is to accelerate the advancement of international co-operation, educational connections, cultural understanding and trade and investment collaboration between the two partners by the following means.

1. Building upon the momentum, partnerships and connections already established by members of the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) and Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) in support of the Scottish Government's China Strategy.

2. Increasing academic, vocational, medical and commercial collaboration between schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and private enterprises.

3. Providing a gateway for channelling educational and commercial connections and exchanges between students, staff, organisations and places.

4. Broadening and deepening the focus and range of educational and trade co-operation in the context of the overarching agreement, established in 2006, between the Scottish Government and the Shandong Provincial Government.

5. Fostering and promoting meaningful and sustainable connections to further these aims in the long term, to support Scotland's Global Strategy.

Partnership Framework

The Scottish Government is committed to developing a long-term relationship with China based on shared values, partnership and trust.
Since 2006, when Scotland's first China Plan was published, Sino-Scottish relations have continued to strengthen.
SSEEP is a partnership between two organisations (SCEN and SCC) with mutually reinforcing objectives in support of Scotland's China Plan. The underlying aim of SSEEP is to contribute towards Scotland's next China Plan by developing a geographical focus on Shandong Province. This will build on the existing cooperation agreement established in 2006 between the Scottish Government and Shandong Provincial Government.
SCEN - With over 570 members, the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) exists to promote the learning of Chinese and knowledge about China in Scottish schools and educational institutions. SCEN has recognised that the new leadership in China promises more growth as China increasingly welcomes partnerships with other countries. By working through SSEEP, SCEN aims to build a sustainable platform that will enable young people in Scotland to grasp these cultural, educational and commercial opportunities on an ongoing basis.
SCC - The Scottish Chambers of Commerce network (with over 11,000 members) fully supports the concept of a One Scotland, collaborative approach across the public, private and academic sectors and among individuals and businesses. SCC believes that by combining resources, expertise and networks with those of SCEN and key government agencies SSEEP will collectively achieve the objectives set out above much faster and with increased economic development outcomes. This in turn will boost Scotland's global strategy so far as the China market is concerned and the added momentum will create a much stronger sustainable platform for continued growth in the future.

Professor Dame Joan Stringer DBE FRSE
Honorary Citizen of Shandong
Professor Dame Joan Stringer DBE FRSE, the then Principal and Vice Chancellor of Napier University in Edinburgh, was made an Honorary Citizen of Shandong Province on 17 November 2006. Professor Stringer received this honour in recognition of her achievements in developing educational links between Scotland and Shandong. She was formerly a member of the British Council Scottish Committee. In September 2008, Professor Dame Joan Stringer was awarded the Yellow River Friendship Award, which is the highest level award given to foreign experts in Henan province. She is also an Honorary Professor of Shanghai Normal University.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 and elevated to Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

In 2011 Dame Joan received an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Edinburgh. Her past appointments include Commissioner with the Equal Opportunities Commission for Great Britain (with special responsibility as Commissioner for Scotland, 1995-2001); Member of the Secretary of State's Consultative Steering Group on the Scottish Parliament; Auditor with the Higher Education Quality Council 1992-1997; Chair of Universities Scotland International Committee 2005-2012; Board Member, UK Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 2003-2013. She has undertaken many other public and other appointments, and is currently Chair of the Festival City Theatres Trust, Edinburgh from 2013; Chair of Community Integrated Care from 2013; Chair of Grant Property Investment, Edinburgh from 2014; Chair of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund 2014 to date; and others.


SSEEP Inaugural Planning Meeting 30 January 2018

Dear SSEEP members, Judith and I would like to thank you once again for your attendance and participation today. 
The depth and range of your connections and experiences in China and Shandong are inspirational and your enthusiasm for SSEEP is most encouraging for all concerned. I feel sure that by working together and with  colleagues in Shandong,  we can build a productive partnership with even greater outcomes for  Shandong and Scotland.  I will of course agree a "note of meeting" with Judith for circulation within the next few days. In the meantime, I have attached  documents for information about the SCC Trade Mission in April as well as a flyer and paper about the SAFEA Conference. The SAFEA conference brochure is a 21 MB doc so I have provided a link from my OneDrive folder. I have also attached  a word document with some background to this conference.   For those interested in the Trade Mission - please see the attached flyer and then please register on this link:  If interested in the SAFEA conference then please let me know a.s.a.p. so I can advise our colleagues in SAFEA.  I will of course provide further details in due course. I have attached a location map of the conference centre. I will advise about hotels and exhibition booth within the next few days. I have also attached a photo of my We Chat QR code. Please scan and connect with me so I can set up our SSEEP We Chat Group. MeganHammellPlease note that I have Bcc'd your email addresses.
Please confirm you are happy for me to circulate a full list so that other members may contact you.  I have also copied this email to Consul General Pan Xinchun,  Mr Liang Boshu (Chief Representative of SAFEA in the UK) as well as colleagues at SCC.  I will in due course send a copy to members of SSEEP who were unable to attend on this occasion).   
Kindest regards,  
Dave Valentine MBECo-Chair of SSEEP
International Trade Ambassador (China) for Scottish Chambers of Commerce