WSET TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED ALL ACTIVITIES IN CHINA
By Tony Zhu
The London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has temporarily suspended all its operations in China citing administrative issues, all WSET-related activities in the country including courses and exams have paused with immediate effect.
It’s not immediately clear if the issues WSET faced in China are purely administrative.
According to Chinese media reports, it is likely that WSET's operations in China have failed to comply with China's non-governmental organisation (NGO) laws, but this has not been confirmed with WSET.
The laws require multi-department approvals for international education organisations to introduce their courses to China. These departments include education, cultural and civic services, as well as the local government authorities in where the WSET progam providers are based.
"We are currently taking urgent steps towards a solution that will allow us to resume our activities in China as soon as possible. We are proactively communicating with the relevant authorities to resolve the matter. We will be working closely with WSET course providers to minimise any impact on WSET students and alumni and will keep them posted on any progress. Current students should contact their course providers with any enquires related to their WSET courses or exams," WSET said on its website today.
China is among WSET top markets, some 100,000 students have participated in WSET exams in 2019/20 academic year through the 170 approved program providers set up throughout China.
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