Archive for China

Unrest fears prompt alert at universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Universities in China have come under government surveillance in the wake of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, as nervous authorities fear the ‘contagion’ could spread to China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 10 March]


China’s first university independently recruiting students targets ‘elites’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC), the country’s first university which recruits students independently, is targeting elite students and hiring renowned professors to become part of a research-intensive university …” (more)

[Xinhua News, 4 March]

Crackdown on sub-standard journals

Posted in research with tags on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“A number of academic journals and magazines have been ordered to cease publication by the Chinese authorities in a new crackdown on sub-standard academic papers in China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 27 February]

China revokes top science award

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 February 2011 by Steve

“China’s government has for the first time rescinded a prestigious Chinese science award after an investigation found the recipient guilty of academic misconduct …” (more)

[Hepeng Jia and Feng Tang, Nature, 23 February]

De-bureaucratization within China’s Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 February 2011 by Steve

“Since the draft of Outline of China’s National Plan for Medium and Long-Term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020) released in February 2010 by the Ministry of Education for public discussion, de-bureaucratization within institutions of higher education (gaoxiao qu xingzhenghua) has been a hot issue of debate …” (more)

[Kai Jiang, Inside Higher Ed, 12 February]

Professors among those expelled for absenteeism

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 January 2011 by Steve

“It is not rare for teachers to leave their posts without authorisation and not come back from abroad on time in China’s colleges. However Hunan University, according to the Changsha Evening News, is the first to expel a large number of staff members for these reasons …” (more)

[Wang Hanlu, University World News, 23 January]

Chinese students learning Irish

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 December 2010 by Steve

“A group of Chinese students are grappling with the intricacies of the Irish language in the first university course of its kind in the Asian country. Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) has been holding classes for 16 students since late September …” (more)

[Independent, 26 December]

David Cameron admits tuition fees increase will keep cost to foreign students down

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“The Coalition’s decision to increase tuition fees by thousands of pounds will help keep down the cost to foreign students of studying in Britain, David Cameron has admitted … (more)

[Andrew Porter, Daily Telegraph, 10 November]

Alarming fall in Chinese student numbers

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 November 2010 by Steve

“For the first time in more than 14 years, an Australian minister for tertiary education has gone to China to try to head off a potentially disastrous collapse in the number of young Chinese studying in Australia …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 7 November]

China: The Ultimate Brain Drain?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 October 2010 by Steve

“The lawns are not yet laid and three soaring flagpoles stand undressed against a blue sky, but already the first graduate students have begun to move into their sparkling new rooms in Peking University’s vast new accommodation block for foreign students …” (more)

[Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph, 23 October]

Chinese students ‘drive US university market’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 October 2010 by Steve

“Along with the increasingly broad educational exchanges between China and the United States in the last 30 years, Chinese students have become a powerful ‘engine’ for the US higher education market …” (more)

[University World News, 17 October]

China will co-finance new institute building at UCD, says Taoiseach

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 September 2010 by Steve

“Taoiseach Brian Cowen confirmed the Government and Chinese authorities would co-finance a new building at the Confucius Institute at UCD when he met a senior Communist Party of China official yesterday …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 28 September]

The language frontier

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 5 September 2010 by Steve

“In 1977 I remember hearing an interview on RTÉ (Irish radio) with Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, the former President of Ireland. He told the story of how, when on an official visit to China, he had indicated to his Chinese hosts that, on the occasion of a planned dinner in his honour in Beijing, he wished to speak in Irish …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 September]

Understanding China’s academic woes

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“‘You just don’t understand China!’ This has become a daily exasperation as I debate with my Chinese colleagues on some aspects of their country. I arrived in Zhejiang four months ago as a visiting researcher on Chinese foreign policy, and my long-suffering colleagues have gone beyond the call of duty to help me come to terms with China’s politics, society, worldview and how they themselves understand it …” (more)

[Steven Kuo, Guardian, 21 August]

British universities rejected by Chinese as US institutions top Jiaotong rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“British institutions have made a dismal showing in a Chinese list of the world’s top universities, prompting fears that the ‘biased’ rankings could increase financial woes at British universities …” (more)

[Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph, 16 August]

Shanghai Jiao Tong World Ranking 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Full table should be available at the SJTU site but it seems to be down at time of writing. Meantime, have the UK universities in top 100 courtesy of the Telegraph (where the story seems, slightly bizarrely, to argue that these results suggest UKHE doesn’t play well in China) …” (more)

[Registrarism, 13 August]

Academic Fraud and the Academic Culture in China – and Asia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“When The Economist, one of the world’s most influential magazines, devotes attention to academic fraud in China, the issue has reached a high level of international attention …” (more)

[Philip Altbach, Inside Higher Ed, 26 July]

‘Elites’ accused of fabricating college degrees

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“The resumes of about 100 Chinese ‘elites’ have been revised on Hudong Wiki, a pilot Chinese-language encyclopedia website, after the former president of Microsoft China, Tang Jun, was accused of fabricating his academic credentials …” (more)

[Xinhuanet, 12 July]

NUI Galway signs memorandum of understanding with Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“Today saw the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding between National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and Ocean University of China (OUC), Qingdao …” (more)

[Deirdre Nolan, Silicon Republic, 14 June]

Academic corruption undermining higher education

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 13 June 2010 by Steve

“Even at China’s best universities plagiarism and falsified data are preventing the country from developing advanced science, says a world-renowned mathematics professor. ‘(Academic corruption) is serious enough to keep the development of China’s advanced science from success. If it weren’t, I would not have taken the trouble to speak out. There is no scholar denying it in China; they are just not willing to talk about it in public’, laments one of most distinguished mathematicians …” (more)

[Guo Jiaxue, China Daily, 2 June]