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Want China Times, 01/09/14
The number of non-native speakers learning Chinese in the world hit 100 million in March and there are about 5 million people who have taken Chinese-language proficiency tests at 875 test locations in 114 countries, the state newswire Xinhua reports. This has led to the arrival of different types of standardized language proficiency tests, including the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), Young Chinese Test (YCT), Business Chinese Tests (BCT) and others.
Inside Higher Education, 27/08/14
A new book explores a few of China’s elite universities to better understand how a recent influx in governmental funding has helped fuel major increases in research capacity and scholarly productivity as well as impressive internationalization at Chinese research universities. It concludes that those institutions face significant challenges, including ones related to institutional autonomy and academic freedom, in their continuing quest to achieve “world-class” status.
FInancial Times, 31/08/14
Over the last decade China has become a magnet for international students, thanks to a rising number of programs taught in English especially. By 2012 China was the third most popular destination for international students in higher education. In 2001 when the data first began being collected, China was not even in the first 8. Now it stands behind only the UK and USA. Adding to the options for international students, the Chinese University of Hong Kong has welcomed its first batch of students to its new Shenzhen campus. Similarly, the London Business School announced in June a joint masters degree program with Fudan University to start from September 2015. Cornell University runs a joint MBA with Tsinghua University.
New York Times, 02/09/14
Three elite comprehensive universities, known especially for their social science departments, have pledged to uphold ideological controls over student and faculty. Peking University in Beijing, Fudan University in Shanghai and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou have published the promise under the heading “How to carry out ideological work at universities under new historical conditions.” It has been reported that lecturers in Cina are brief about topics to avoid, including universal values, press freedom and civil rights. Students are said to be aware of classmate monitors in their midst.
Women of China, 04/09/14
Twenty-five female college students have written to 25 universities respectively requesting further information on their recruiting patterns, believing them to be gender discriminatory. In August 2012 three women shaved their heads in Beijing to oppose the rising trend that male candidates are believed to require lower entrance scores than men, in the place of widespread use of gender quotas.
By 2020 China plans to have overhauled its college entrance exams and university enrolment system. The balance of weighting given to numerical and language acumen is said to be under consideration, toward greater fairness and also toward pushing China in more of a R&D and innovative direction.
New York Times, 05/09/14
The urban-rural gap in students getting into China’s elite universities, in particular Peking University and Tsinghua University is rising. The percentage of students from rural origins at Peking University is to have fallen to 10% over a decade, down from 30% in the 1990s. One researcher showed that an applicant from Beijing was 41 times more likely to be admitted to Peking University than a comparable student from the poor and largely rural province of Anhui. The typical undergraduate student at Tsinghua University is said to be a child of a city whose parents were civil servants or teachers, and whom has already travelled and/or studied abroad. Many rural students are increasingly said not to bother finishing high school because the return to working is higher than the return that is attainable in having attending a mediocre university.
University World News, 20/08/14
The end of a government-imposed five-year ban on university tuition fee rises has seen annual fees for some degrees rise by up to 50% this year in China, official sources have reported. Education authorities in 10 provinces have ‘renewed’ university and college tuition fee guidelines, China’s official radio reported last Tuesday. In some cases the fee rises are the first in almost a decade or even longer as some provinces had frozen fees prior to the government’s 2007 ban. The ban on fee rises was an attempt to rein in the over-expansion of universities. The total debt of Zhejiang's public higher education institutions had risen to CNY9.5 billion (US$1.5 billion) as of the end of 2013, official statistics showed. Zhejiang provincial guidelines have set tuition fees for medicine and engineering degrees at top universities in the province to increase to CNY6,300 (US$1,025) per year from the current CNY4,800 (US$781) – an increase of just over 30%. Smaller institutions would be allowed to charge CNY5,800, up 46% from the current CNY3,960 for some subjects. “Those funds need to cover teachers' salaries, establish laboratories and purchase equipment. To make up the shortfall, the universities have repeatedly asked to raise tuition,” Wang was quoted in the official China Daily as saying. Other provinces including Shandong and Fujian have already approved fee rises of 20% to 36% this year.
People’s Daily, 14/08/14
NYU’s new Shanghai campus, in Liujiazui area of Pudong New District, were put to use this week with the start of classes. The campus comprise a 15-story building, 51 classrooms and 13 educational labs. More than 600 students from 45 countries and regions arrived this past weekend to begin classes. NYU Shanghai is a joint-venture university with East China Normal University, and NYU’s third degree-awarding campus abroad.
China Daily, 21/08/14
New US-China joint-venture university, Duke Kunshan University, in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, held its opening ceremony on August 20 to welcome its inaugural intake of students and teachers. The university currently offers three masters programs in global health, medical physics and management studies. 42 graduate students are enrolled, coming from the USA, China, Russia, Argentina, Kenya and Singapore. The university has also accepted 62 undergraduate students from 22 diferent countries.
Xinhua (19/08/14)
The Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of China’s top think tanks, has set out plans to become a world-class institute of scientific research within 15 years. A focus of that research will be big data, could computing and mobile Internet.
China Daily, 16/08/14
Universities in eight of China’s 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, between July 2013 and June 2014, increased tuition fees by about 50%. In some provinces the rise takes fees to 20% of per capita income. The follows a five-year moratorium imposed in 2007, forbidding universities from raising fees. Universities in Ningxia Hui autonomous region for example have raised annual tuition from an average of ,725 yuan ($605) to 5,425 yuan - 45.6 percent.  
Global Times, 22/07/14
China has authorized five institutions to serve as education and training bases for human rights research: Renmin University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, Shandong University and Southwest University of Political Science and Law. Universities authorised in 2011 to undertake human rights research were Nankai University, China University of Political Science and Law, and Guangzhou University.
University World News, 15/08/14
US universities in the world’s top ten, in order, are Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Caltech, Columbia and Chicago. American institutions also took the top five places in four of the five broad subject fields, according to the Shanghai Jiaotong ranking of the world’s top 200 universities. China has 44 universities in the top 500, and nine in the top 200. The Shanghai Jiaotong methodology relies heavily on scientific rather than social science measures.
Forbes, 01/08/14
Bill Gates has donated funds to kick-start a new program at Beijing Normal University focused on philanthropic education. The partnership was agreed in June, and is seeking an additional $16.1 million a year from wealthy American and Chinese supporters. China lacks a history of philanthropy, and this training program at Beijing Normal University seeks to prepare China for an era of giving.
China Daily, 28/07/14
Guangxi University for Nationalities is taking advantage of its geographical location in the south of China to develop language majors related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Just the third university in China to offer such a range of Southeast Asian language majors (the other two being Beijing Foreign Studies University and the PLA University of Foreign Languages in Luoyang, Henan), the Nanning-based school, has taught Vietnamese, Lao and Thai since the 1960s, and Cambodian, Myanmar, Indonesian and Malaysian since the 1990s.
China Daily, 28/07/14
After having foregone income for some five-six years after most of their peers have started working, fresh assistant professors and lecturers in Beijing are struggling with the reality of academic salaries. He Ying for example, a young lecturer at Capital Normal University, earns 7,000 yuan ($1,100) a month before tax and is feeling the financial strain of living in Beijing. A study by the salary administration research center of the China Association of Higher Education found nearly half of university faculty members receive less than 100,000Rmb annually, and only 15 percent of faculty members earn more than 150,000 yuan annually. Faculty are highly educated and play an important role in society, but are underpaid.
Global Times, 27/07/14
PKU alumni and Renmin University Professor Gan Yang has expressed his anger at PKU's decision to establish the Yenching Academy in a historic part of the PKU campus that is presently used as public space. The Yencheng Academy will teach a controversial one-year master's program at PKU aimed at bringing 100 students from around the world to campus on full scholarship for English-language classes in the field of Chinese studies.
Xinhuanet, 29/07/14
The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Tuesday released a circular calling for timely information disclosure following a series of scandals in college admissions and other areas. China's Ministry of Education has issued a circular designating 50 areas in which 75 Ministry-affiliated universities should give transparent and in-time information. These include on recommended candidates for college admission, public bidding for infrastructure construction and university leader's off-campus posts.
The News (Pakistan), 26/07/14
Punjab University’s Zoology Department and Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment have signed an MoU with China’s elite Academy of Sciences (CAS). The two sides agreed to establish joint research mechanisms and to study each other’s techniques and methods in research, as well as to enhance the number and level of exchange visits, individual scientist exchanges and technical information.