Industry Journal – Issue 14

December 2015


Issue 14 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:
      • Before and after Tu Youyou – how China recognizes top scientists
Policy:
      • Recent MOE regulatory changes affecting international education
      • MoE Issues new vocational education guidelines
General News:
      • China Promotes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Education Abroad
      • Sustainability and Urbanization Gain Momentum in China
      • MoE Announces New Pilot Apprenticeship Program
R&D:
      • Shanghai establishes China’s first think tank network
      • R&D in the news in China
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  • Feature Article:  Before and after Tu Youyou – how China recognizes top scientists
In October 2015, Tu Youyou became China’s first ever researcher to be awarded a Nobel prize for her involvement in the discovery of the malarial medicine Artemisinin. In spite of the achievement, questions have been raised domestically about the exact nature of her role in a project involving 500 researchers and 60 institutes, as well as the fact that TU is not a member of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), having failed to gain membership four times. 
 
This issue of CHE’s Journal gives readers a deeper insight into the selection and nomination processes for academics in China to become members of the prestigious academies (such as CAS and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)) to help readers better understand the hidden roles behind the scenes that work to provide recognition to Chinese scientists. The article provides an overview of recent controversies in a sector underpinned by cultural and political attitudes to research recognition and the role of the individual and turns to viable alternatives to CAS membership, as well as highlighting notable improvements for individual recognition.

The Policy section in this issue includes:
  • Recent MoE regulatory changes affecting international educaiton 
The MOE has announced three changes affecting international education: changes to the MoE and PSB approval requirements for student recruitment agencies, presidential terms and requirements for private and hybrid universities and, finally, changes to government endorsements of offshore Chinese campuses.
  • MoE Issues New Vocational Education Guidelines
Key changes include matching enrolment quotas according to the unemployment rate, a specific focus on transitioning from high school level to tertiary level of vocational education and a reduction in the number of fields of study offered to concentrate on key areas. 

This issue’s General News and R&D sections include:
  • Sustainability and Urbanization Gain Momentum in China
Tsinghua University has signed a collaborative research agreement with the UK Building Research Establishment (BRE) and one of China’s largest property developers, Evergrande, focused on sustainable urbanization.
  • MoE Announces a New Pilot Apprenticeship Program
The new apprenticeship program aims to create more skilled workers by providing students with a living allowance to boost enrolment numbers at 100 vocational institutions selected by the MoE. Funding will come from both the public and private sector with some of China’s largest companies involved. 
  • China Promotes Traditional Chinese Medicine Education Abroad
China’s push to promote TCM abroad has taken a further step forward with the first ever jointly run institute opening at Mside, a campus of the University of Malta. The TCM sector is hoping to build on the 300,000 TCM practitioners and 80,000 TCM centers in China as a base to expand overseas by encouraging measures such as dual language teaching and official recognition outside China.
  • Shanghai Establishes China’s First Think Tank Network
Over the past two years, Shanghai has developed the first think tank network in China, combining 18 existing think tanks from 9 universities, including over 100 research project teams in Shanghai.

This issue’s Media & Market Monitor and Useful Data sections includes:

  • Overview of Newly-approved Joint Programs in China in late 2015
  • Media Presence of Top 20 Global Engineering Universities in China
  • Media Presence of Top 20 Global Health Universities in China
  • Top Research Universities in China

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