China’s Special Education Zones (SEdZs)


Dr. Lauren Johnston

Co-Founder, Sinograduate; Director, Economics & Education


The relocation of the University of Macau to Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, presents a unique frontier of the internationalisation of China's higher education sectors. Here we look at the ongoing education-related changes in two Special Economic Zones, Shenzhen and Zhuhai. Such is the ongoing and expanding scale of university experimentation in these zones, they may better and relevantly be known as SEdZs – Special Education Zones.

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China’s Universities are Going West


Dr. Lauren Johnston

Co-Founder, Sinograduate; Director, Economics and Education


(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we're gonna do

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Peking Dux: Beijing city and University Top China’s University Rankings


Sinograduate Education Series

The contemporary push to raise an elite few Chinese universities to international standard began in 1998 at Peking University (PKU). At the 100th centenary celebrations of PKU, then President Jiang Zemin announced “China must have a number of top-class universities at the international level”. Project 985, named after the date of Jiang’s speech, has allocated additional funding to those select universities since.[1]

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China’s Educating Africa


Sinograduate Education Series

Stories in the press of deepening China-Africa ties focus mainly on commodities, corruption, and labour struggles. Alongside these more commercial and economic ties, there are health, education and political exchanges.

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Da, China’s education lingo is as easy as jiao tong xue


Sinograduate Culture and Language Series

Getting one’s mouth and mind around the unique terms and institutions of China’s education system will confront an increasing number of students, scientists, and business people around the world. This article introduces a few of the most commonly used within Chinese academia, most of which have no English equivalent. Understanding these before engaging with Chinese academia will more quickly enable broader common ground.

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China’s International Scholarships: What's Happening?


Sinograduate China Education Series

China’s Minister for Education, Yuan Guiren, announced plans in July to more than double the number of scholarships available to foreign students “within a few years”. This will begin over the current school year, when scholarship investment will be at least RMB1.5bn, Zhang Xiuqin of the Ministry of Education’s department of international cooperation and exchange told the Global Times.

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Is Creativity in China a Problem (问题)? Or a question (问题)?


Richard Coward

Founder of China Global Education Services Ltd,

A key criticism and area identified for improvement both externally and also internally within China is the matter of promoting creativity in the Chinese Education System. In 2010, Premier Wen Jiabao said that: "Students don't only need knowledge; they have to learn how to act, to use their brains," Wen said "We must encourage students to think independently, freely express themselves, get them to believe in themselves, protect and stimulate their imagination and creativity."

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An MBA in China


The author completed his MBA degree in Beijing in 2009.

Many misconceptions, apprehensions and perceived barriers about China continue to abound in the West, despite China’s now well established position as the number two economy in the world. These are further fuelled by a lack of basic appreciation and understanding of Chinese culture, society, ways of thinking and ways of doing.

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The Science of Going East


Dr. Mateusz Krzyzosiak

Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics, University of Michigan -- Shanghai Jiaotong University Joint Institute

In 2007, when I told my friends that I am going to do my post-doc in the Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University in China, they thought I got the direction wrong. Back in the early 80's they would be probably less skeptical, as at that time the East was a popular direction among Polish scientists.

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