A delegation from the next global superpower, China, has visited Edge Hill University to learn a thing or two about Britain?s public sector.

A 30-strong entourage from the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel (CAIEP) were guests of the University’s Centre for Local Policy Studies (CLPS) during their tour of the UK, which also took in the Cabinet Office.

CAIEP seeks to introduce foreign advanced technique to the Far East via the exchange of foreign experts and training projects.

Stuart Speeden, Director of CLPS ? experts in policy research in the areas of equality, community involvement, urban regeneration and race ? said: “The CAIEP invited us to pass on our expertise to the delegation which we were more than happy to do. ‘Knowledge Transfer? is a developing facet of the institution and visits such as this indicate that we are becoming recognised internationally.

“The day was very well received by our guests and we are exploring ways in which we can work together again in the future.”

The delegation received a warm welcome from Edge Hill?s Vice-Chancellor John Cater, enjoyed a tour of the 75-acre campus and engaged in discussions on current trends in public services and performance management.

Mr Speeden will be forging further foreign links later this month when he meets a delegation from Norway to discuss the UK?s Equality Standard for local government, which the CLPS helped to develop.