News Bulletin, Issue 2

MOE withdraws approval for 252 existing Sino-foreign joint programs

In the MOE’s latest round of joint program approvals, the ministry also withdrew approval for 252 poorly performing Sino-foreign joint programs. Our upcoming journal will cover the latest joint program approval round in more detail.

MOE dismisses rumours of plans to scrap 211 and 985 projects

The MOE have issued a statement last week quashing rumours that it was going to abolish the 211 and 985 projects, which were created to improve the overall quality of higher education in China. Projects 211 and 985 were created to raise research standards in universities, and promote the development and reputation of the higher education system in China by founding world-class universities, respectively.

Shanghai education authorities launch pilot university enrolment program

Shanghai’s education bureau will launch a pilot university enrolment program beginning next year, enabling students that have sat the university entrance exam, or the Gaokao, to apply for and receive offers from two universities at the same time to provide the prospective student with more choice. Previously, students received only one offer from universities at any one time.

Qualcomm and the George Institute for Global Health launch new mHealth research center

Qualcomm and the George Institute for Global Health, a not-for-profit medical and healthcare research organization, announced the establishment of the new China Center for mHealth Innovation (CCmHI). The center hosted by the George Institute at Peking University Health Science Center and aims to improve community healthcare in China by developing and implementing mHealth solutions.

University College Dublin to open office in Beijing

University College Dublin (UCD) recently announced plans to open a recruitment and alumni office in Beijing, which will be based on the same premises as the Irish Embassy. There are currently around 600 Chinese studying at UCD, of which 90 per cent are PhD students funded through the China Scholarship Council.

Chinese graduate students in the US decline for the first time in a decade

First-time enrollments of Chinese graduate students in the US fell by 1 per cent in 2014, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Studies. This is the first decline in at least a decade and affects a relatively large number of students since Chinese students account for 33 per cent of total international graduate students in the US.

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