Industry Journal – Issue 7

October 2014

Issue 7 delivers up-to-date market intelligence, emerging trends and the latest news on China’s tertiary education and research sector.

Highlights include:

  • Feature Article: Pathway programs in China
  • Academic committees: MOE decentralizes power within Chinese universities
  • Oxford opens Europe’s largest China studies center
  • Harvard receives US$365 million from Chinese and Hong Kong donors
  • Top universities in China, Taiwan, HK and Singapore to form Pine League

Take a look at what’s inside…

Feature Article: Paving the Way to Study Abroad – Pathway Programs in China

The benefits of participation in China’s pathway and foundation sector have attracted many overseas institutions, however relatively few have successfully established and maintained a presence in the local market. Competition from local providers and quality issues present barriers to many overseas institutions, however opportunities still exist for successful participation in what continues to be an expanding market.

This feature article examines the history of pathway programs in the China market, and the challenges currently faced by program providers and their partner institutions. We also explore the key drivers for the continued development of both pathway program recruitment and course delivery in China, and how these activities impact overseas universities’ strategy and reputation in China.

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The Policy section of this issues includes:

Academic committees: MOE decentralizes power within Chinese universities

China’s Ministry of Education has introduced new regulations requiring tertiary institutions to establish academic committees as their supreme governing bodies for academic affairs. The regulations came into effect on September 1. Prior to the change, academic affairs were controlled by a small number of individuals from within institutions’ senior administration, usually the university’s President and Party Secretary.

In the General News section, this issue explores:

University of Oxford opens Europe’s largest China studies center
The University of Oxford has drawn together multidisciplinary research and teaching staff from across its colleges to establish the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre. …

Harvard University Receives US$365 Million From Chinese and Hong Kong Donors
In recent months, Harvard University has received a wave of sizeable donations from Hong Kong and China, with the family of Gerald Chan, a Harvard alumni, donating US$350 million to the School of Public Health. …

Top universities in China, Taiwan, HK and Singapore to form Pine League
Top universities in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore are set to form the Pan-Asia Network for Elite (Pine) League in an effort to strengthen their partnership and promote academic, arts and sports exchanges. …

In this edition, the Media & Market Monitor provides data on:

  • Most visible pathway providers and recruiters on Baidu
  • Most visible foreign universities affiliated with pathway programs on Baidu
  • Number of Chinese students enrolled in non-award courses overseas

Also included in this issue:

  • An update on recent changes to international student policies in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK.
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University have signed a framework agreement for strategic partnership.
  • China’s first joint Sino-foreign medical college, a partnership between the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and Northwest University in Xi’an, will be built in Xixian New Area, a national urban development zone in Shaanxi Province.
  • China’s Tsinghua University and the University of California, Berkeley have signed an agreement to establish a joint institute on Tsinghua’s Shenzhen campus in South China to promote research collaboration and graduate student education.
  • And lots more…


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