News Bulletin, Issue 1

China Scholarship Council to send 25,000 students abroad in 2015 In late October, the China Scholarship Council announced that it would send 25,000 students abroad in 2015, up 17 per cent from the 20,400 students sent abroad this year. The increase reflects an additional 8000 places for Chinese graduate and doctorate students. Tsinghua University establishes fund for entrepreneurial alumni Tsinghua University has set up an alumni fund to assist students in starting their own businesses. The fund has a basic investment of RMB 30 million (USD 5 million) from 20 alumni and Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd., a state-owned limited liability corporation funded by Tsinghua University. The supported program team must have at least one member studying in Tsinghua or recently graduated. SOHO couple donate US$10 million to Yale Just months after their US$15 million donation to Harvard, the power couple behind SOHO announced a US$10 million scholarship to Yale to assist Chinese students from modest backgrounds in their studies. Chinese education officials warned against receiving gifts As part of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign in China, Chinese authorities have told officials working in education to steer clear of money and valuable VIP cards as gifts, threatening to name and shame those who exhibit greed. The MOE will conduct reoccurring campaigns to police gifts received during official activities. US News & World Report rank Peking and Tsinghua 39th and 67th in world In US News & World Report’s first global rankings, Harvard University topped the list, while Peking and Tsinghua universities were ranked 39th and 67th, respectively. The 2015 rankings include the leading 500 universities from 49 countries, and includes region-specific rankings. In Asia, the University of Tokyo in Japan was first, followed by Peking University. University of Calgary opens a jointly-funded research center in Beijing The University of Calgary and industrial giant, Kerui Group, opened a jointly-funded research centre in Beijing to collaborate with Chinese partners. The centre will fund natural gas collaborative research and training programs to improve the extraction processes for tight oil, shale gas, coal-bed methane, natural gas hydrates and oil-sands bitumen. Yale Center Beijing opens doors Nearly 200 business and social sector leaders from around the world took part in a conference in Beijing October 27–28 to launch the new Yale Centre Beijing, the university’s first physical center in China. Located in the Chaoyang District of China’s capital, the center will serve as a convening space and intellectual hub for leaders, scholars, and students to pursue a wide range of issues affecting China, the United States, and the world. Springer and Beijing Jiaotong University to jointly publish research Springer and Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) have signed an agreement to jointly publish books, journals and digital databases covering the BJTU’s strongest research disciplines. The first and most important project of the collaboration is the international book series Advances in High-speed Rail Technology. Starting in 2015, three to five books will be published annually in the series. Construction begins on Xiamen University’s branch campus in Malaysia Construction of Xiamen University’s branch campus in Malaysia began in late October, marking the first overseas campus by a Chinese university. Enrolment will begin in September next year. The first class will have places for 500 students, and the student population is expected to reach 5000 by 2020.

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