Industry Journal – Issue 13

October 2015


Issue 13 of CHE’s Industry Journal delivers up-to-date market intelligence, emerging opportunities and the latest news on China’s tertiary education and research sector.

This issue’s highlights include:

Feature Article:
      • The One Third Game: Curriculum Policy and Implementation in Chinese-Foreign Joint Degree Programs
Policy:
      • China to remove government approval requirements for students recruitment agencies
      • China conducts first-ever evaluation of foreign universities
General News:
      • Slowing birthrate sees declining enrolment at all levels of education in China
      • UK and China sign new bilateral agreements, strengthening ties
      • University of Pennsylvania announces inaugural awards from $10 million fund
      • AIEC conference in Adelaide predicts India to surpass China as largest student export market by 2025
R&D:
      • Robotics on the rise in China
      • Tsinghua University named top school for engineering research
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Take a look at what’s inside…
  • Feature Article: The One Third Game: Curriculum Policy and Implementation in Chinese-Foreign Joint Degree Programs
A recent MoE audit has highlighted unsatisfactory implementation of the One Third Curriculum rules by Chinese-foreign joint degree programs. Developed to improve overall program quality, implementation has been inconsistent due to a high degree of generality which attracts varied interpretations. It also means that there is little certainty as to whether a joint program will be given MoE approval, with some administrators more successful than others, developing formulas to give joint programs the best chance of success. This issue’s feature article shares insights from a range on industry professionals regarding the rules in context, including a dean’s proven framework for attaining program approval to help decision-makers navigate the rules, as well as key takeaways to bear in mind when structuring curriculum for joint programs in China.

The Policy section in this issue includes:
  • Industry body hints at future removal government approval requirements for student recruitment agencies
A Chinese government industry body recently made an informal announcement indicating that student recruitment agencies in China will no longer need to seek government approval. The industry will be decentralised and rely on self regulation with oversight from industry bodies. 

  • China conducts first-ever evaluation of foreign universities
The Chinese Higher Education Evaluation Center carried out on site evaluations of three Russian universities using their own evaluation methodology and experts to provide a comprehensive assessment. This move is consistent with China’s push to attract more international students with increasing scholarships and investment into universities.

This issue’s General News and R&D sections include:
  • Slowing birth rate sees declining enrolment at all levels of education in China
Primary school and junior school enrolments are both down according to EOL’s China Compulsory Education White Paper 2015. Attributed to the slowing birth rate, the decline is particularly affecting the vocational education industry where numbers fell by almost 3000 in the past decade, but that has failed to dampen strengthening prospects for graduates.
  • University of Pennsylvania announces inaugural awards from $10 million fund
The first recipients of the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund award were announced in September. The fund was established in April and is seen as a driver of research collaboration between Penn researchers and their Chinese peers.
  • Robotics on the rise in China
China is, for the second year in a row, the largest robot purchasing nation in the world, accounting for a quarter of global sales. This growth is reflected in the education system with more than 120 robot-related professional vocational colleges and even robot taught classes at one university.

This issue’s Media & Market Monitor and Useful Data sections includes:
  • Media Presence of US universities with joint programs in China
  • How the landscape of international students in China changed in 2014
  • Chinese students abroad and its relation to China’s GDP growth
  • Importance of various international university ranking systems in China

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