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University of California (Davis), 23/07/14
China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University has signed an MoU with the University of California, Davis, to establish a joint Sino-US Joint Research Center for Food Safety. The agreement is a five-year agreement, and calls for the two partners to establish a joint research team and research platform to carry out collaborative projects and cooperate in areas relating to food safety. UC Davis’ World Food Center will identify a director to coordinate the research program. Chinese partners will provide a substantial portion of the funding for the center.
Guardian, 22/07/14
China’s students are hungry to learn in English; more and more university-level teaching positions are available to foreign professors, at UK-branded schools and Chinese universities. What are the issues around being a foreign professor in China? From different use of the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’, and stereotypes that Chinese students learn by rote, those teaching in China need to prepare a different set of teaching expectations and styles.
ECNS, 14/07/14
China and Russia have agreed to establish a joint university, with both countries signing a memorandum of understanding in May. The joint university will be located in the Guangdong Province city of Shenzhen, and a partnership between Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and the Beijing Institute of Technology. The joint university will offer programs in arts and culture, management, Russian language and literature, economics and international trade. There are later intentions to offer majors such as media, aerospace engineering, auto manufacturing, chemistry and physics. Courses will be offered in English, Russian and Chinese.
University World News, 09/07/14
A rising number of China’s top universities are coming under scrutiny within the country’s anti-corruption drive. Last week Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University last week was named and shamed by anti-graft watchdog the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Issues in the university system include not just admission concerns seen recently at Renmin University, but and for example university hospitals being insufficiently accountable, alongside university commercial activity, and the chaotic management of research funds. This month presidents of some of the country's top 26 universities were called to a meeting of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to be reminded of the need for honesty inside the university system.
Bernama, 17/07/15
China and Madagascar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation in the area of geosciences. According to Antananarivo University president Panja Ramanoelina the MoU will provide Malagasy teachers and students opportunity to develop a geological map and strengthen exchanges with Chinese professors and students. It is intended that China University of Geosciences and China Geological Survey transfer their knowledge to Malagasy students and teachers."Madagascar is rich in mining resources but lack experts in geosciences and for this reason students from Antananarivo University will continue their study in China," he said.
WSJ, 17/07/14
One of China’s richest power couples, founders of Chinese real estate giant SOHO China have established a $100mn endowment for underprivileged Chinese children to attend elite universities around the world. The first agreement is a $15mn endowment for Harvard University. The aim of the new fund is to ensure that those with talent rather than those with means only attend top universities. The couple plan to extend the program to other universities and countries.
Physic.org, 16/07/14
The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and The Peking University Medical College have announced they are joint recipients of funding for an international co-operative project that seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms of a very common blood coagulation disorder affecting both Americans and Chinese. Researchers at both universities will work together to apply the most sophisticated next-generation DNR/RNA sequencing techniques to the problem of aspirin-insensitive thrombophilia, a type of heart disease.
Global Post, 11/07/14
Founded outside of the formal education system in 2011, Shenzhen’s South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC), China's first autonomous university, has issued its first diplomas to two graduates. Wang Jiale, 17, and He Minghao, 22, have passed their dissertation defense and graduated from the school one year early. Claiming to be China’s first professor-led and bureaucracy-free university, SUSTC is issuing its own diplomas, rather than those of the Ministry of Education (MoE). In 2012 however SUSTC received permission from the MoE to officially become an autonomous university. The first cohort, of 2011, consisted of 45 students, of whom 35 will graduate this year. The Shenzhen government is hopeful that the university can fuel the city’s economic development and academic strengths, and is sponsoring the university.
Tribune, 17/07/14
China’s Southwest Petroleum University and Pakistan’s University of Engineering and Technology will promote cooperation in the area of petroleum sciences education, following a visit by a Chinese delegation to Pakistan.
Imperial College, 16/07/14
London’s Imperial College, one of the world’s top 10 universities, will deepen its engagement with China on its west London innovation district. The plan for the zone is that a global community of academics and industrialists can work together to advance our understanding of the natural world, solve major engineering challenges and lead to data science revolutions – ultimately improving health and wellbeing.
China Daily, 16/07/14
Amid recent admissions scandals, Chinese universities are taking steps to enhance transparency and equality of entrance. Elite Renmin University in Beijing was the focus of a corruption investigation recently, and is now taking comprehensive steps to ensure transparency and equality of access to candidates for its degree programs. This is especially for the category of selection that falls under independent recruitment, through which students’ success in areas such as sports or arts is also considered alongside more traditional examinations. All entrance exam results will be made public.
ECNS, 11/07/14
Dutch Universities are increasingly keen to establish links with China. Erasmus University has some 15 MoUs signed with Chinese university partners, including Fudan University in Shanghai. The study of Mandarin is also increasing in popularity in the Netherlands.
Xinhua, july 10, 2014
Teacher salaries in Chinese schools and universities are too low for the cost of living. Half of Chinese college and university teachers earn less than 100,000Rmb/year, with only 14.1% earning more than 150,000Rmb. Less than a third of those interviewed said they could keep their accounts positive each month. Poor salary and financial pressure undermine their devotion to their jobs, forcing them to take part-time work elsewhere. China is home to more than 1.5mn teachers working at some 2,450 colleges and universities across China, with more than half being under 40.
Xinhua, 08/07/14
In the footsteps of a few corruption scandals involving gaokao exams and individual university admission processes, China’s Ministry of Education has vowed to ensure that entry to China’s universities is fair. Students sitting exams in place of others will herein be expelled from their own study program, while students sending other students in their place will be banned from university admission or three years.
Global Times, 07/07/14
On average in Anhui 40% of students sitting gaokao, China’s infamous high school entry exam, make it into college. One school however is legendary for sending more than 80% of its students to university: Maotanchang Middle School. Poor Chinese parents believe gaokao is the only way to change their child’s fortune. Some families even rent accommodation near the exam centre for the month around the exam to best support their children. And this is the reason why on-going reforms to gaokao, varying by province, are so sensitive. Changes are especially risky for poor families whose entire child’s life is geared toward a narrow traditional exam format.
Decanter, 04/07/14
China Agricultural University’s Yantai (Shandong) campus and New Zealand’s Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) have agreed a joint undergraduate degree in viticulture and winemaking. Students will spend the first year and half of their degree in China, and the second half in New Zealand, as optional and if they have the required English level. The course will follow the assessment system of NMIT, and award a degree that has been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
University World News, 03/07/14
China’s anti-corruption campaign is costing China’s business schools dearly. Executive business degrees are traditionally a money-spinner for China’s universities, but constraints on spending are limited sponsors for candidates in what are usually expensive courses. Business schools report a significant drop in government officials signing up for EMBAs, fees for which range from Rmb400,000 (USD65,000) to double this. A new English-language joint-degree between Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is charging USD150,000 for the 22-month joint-degree. The majority of students in China’s English-language MBA programs are foreigners.
Xinhuanet, 03/07/14
Sichuan University and the University of Pittsburgh have begun construction of a joint institute for undergraduate education, which received approval from the Ministry of Education on Feb 29. The school is expected to recruit 100 students next year for study of three majors: industrial engineering, mechanical design, manufacturing and automation; materials science and engineering. Within seven years enrolment will reach 1,600 students. Students can opt to spend their final two years at the University of Pittsburgh, and will graduate with degrees from both universities.
Xinhuanet, 03/07/14
The foundation ceremony for China’s Xiamen University’s Malaysia campus has been laid, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak attending the ceremony. The campus, being built at a cost of Rmb1.3bn (USD400mn) on an area of 150 acres, is intended to facilitate Malaysia and China’s development. 17 bachelor courses are planned for the school, including marine biology and biotechnology, marine environmental science and technology, finance, accounting, Chinese medicine international business, journalism and communications. All courses will taught in English, except for Chinese Studies and traditional Chinese medicine.
Atlanta Black Star, 01/07/14
Shenyang Aerospace University, Liaoning Shihua University and Liaoning University’s Institute of International Education have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a private Ethiopian aviation college (National Aviation College) in areas of aviation, aeronautical engineering and aircraft design, and aircraft maintenance.