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  • 2012-10-28

    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.
  • 2012-10-15


    With the world watching with held breath as China engineers its race to move up the economic value chain, a city less than an hour away by train from Shanghai appears to be taking the lead. Home to China’s highest per capita millionaire residency, in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, even the city’s soon-to-open new rubbish treatment station is solar powered. The city’s bike-sharing programme is the world’s largest, and in 2011 the BBC listed it as one of the world’s top eight public bike initiatives.
  • 2012-10-09

    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.
  • 2012-09-21

    A Beijing university campus and the launch Science Popularisation day was chosen as the venue and occasion by expected next President of China, Xi Jinping, to return to the public stage after a two-week absence. His public promotion of science arises in the footsteps of a speech at this month’s Russia-hosted APEC Summit in Vladivostok by outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao highlighting China’s determination to foster innovative growth.
  • 2012-08-31

    The notion of ‘Getting old before getting rich’ in a China context refers to the combination of incomplete industrialisation, and millions of citizens still in poverty, arising when a relatively high proportion - nearly 10% of persons – are aged over 65. The latter places them forever outside of the formal workforce, lowering the proportion of available productive formal workers while also straining the fiscal envelope.