China Education
Chinese students spending less time on homework - under three hours a day
Christmas is banned at this Chinese university
Harvard enrolls more Asian-Americans
Teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: Chinese police
Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation
IITs, IISc find place in QS BRICS rankings
Students worked illegal overtime on iPhone X
Chinese county bans schoolchildren from mosques
2018-01-19 11:30:25 BEIJING: Authorities in a Muslim-majority county in northwest China have banned schoolchildren from going to mosques during their winter holidays, a state-run daily reported Friday (Jan 19), the latest tightening of regulations on religious freedoms. The decision was outlined in a notice sent to all high schools, primary schools and kindergartens in Gansu province's Guanghe county, according to the Global Times   Read More ...
2017 Sees Warmest Ocean On Record: Chinese Academy Of Sciences
2018-01-19 10:35:11 Beijing: The temperature of oceans in 2017 reached a record high, putting the marine ecosystems in jeopardy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said. Compared to 2015, the extra heat in the upper two kilometres of sea water across the globe in 2017 was 700 times the energy China's electricity used in 2016, the CAS said in a report. The Atlantic and Antarctic oceans warmed up the fastest, as warming has already taken place in most of the other seas, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying   Read More ...
PPDai to invest in research institute
2018-01-19 05:17:14 PPDai, China's first online P2P (peer-to-peer) lending platform listed in the US market, said yesterday that it will invest 1 billion yuan ($156 million) within three years to set up a new research institute. The money invested in the new PPDai Smart Finance Institute will be used to fund artificial intelligence, blockchain, finance cloud and Big Data sectors, said Zhang Jun, co-founder and chief executive of Shanghai-based PPDai   Read More ...
Chinese students too busy for playtime: survey
2018-01-19 05:15:46 About 48.9 percent of primary and middle school students in China take private lessons, according to a survey released Thursday. The survey by the China National Children's Center and the Social Sciences Academic Press looked at 8,847 school children in seven cities. More than half of the students surveyed said that they have to bury their heads in books and had no time to play after school   Read More ...
University drivers AI research forward
2018-01-19 05:12:37 It announced on Thursday that it has set up a research institute on artificial intelligence for further exploration on AI's basic theory, technology and application, such as intelligent medical care. It is also aiming to combine AI technology with traditional industries, such as shipbuilding and exploration of marine resources. The institute also plans to set up a database of AI information and patents   Read More ...
High school textbooks to include Xi Jinping thought
2018-01-19 05:12:26 Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era will be included in China's senior high school textbooks after the country's education authorities highlighted the thought in its latest reform plan, an expert said Thursday. The thought will be fully included in the teaching plan to implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), read the plan that sets standards for high school teaching curriculum   Read More ...
Chinese students risk exam failure for not recognising their lecturers
2018-01-18 12:09:08 Students at a vocational college in southwest China risked failing an important end of term exam recently if they were unable to recognise their course tutor. As part of the Cultivation of Ethics and Fundamentals of Law paper – a compulsory element of all college and university curricula in China – students at Sichuan Vocational College of Culture and Communication were presented with a printout of passport photographs of faculty members and asked to identify, and correctly spell the name of, the person who had taught them, China Youth Daily reported on Tuesday   Read More ...
Visa rules eased for outstanding foreign graduates
2018-01-18 02:30:52 Visa and green card rules will be eased for outstanding graduates from top foreign universities who come to work in Shanghai, police said yesterday. Such graduates, providing they meet the criteria required, will be able to apply for a two-year residence permit in Shanghai within two years after graduation and to apply for a Chinese green card after working in the city for three years   Read More ...
Chinese students spending less time on homework - under three hours a day
2018-01-17 09:45:08 BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The amount of time that primary and middle school students in China spent on homework fell from 3.03 hours a day in 2016 to 2.87 hours last year (2017), according to a new study. The report by afanti100.com, a Chinese online education service provider, is based on a survey of 446,836 students in 31 provincial areas, with 56   Read More ...
Xi'an issues red alert for smog, school suspended
2018-01-17 09:30:20 Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, has issued a red alert for severe air pollution, with elementary and high schools and kindergartens suspended Wednesday. The red alert, the most serious in the four-tier alert system for air pollution, came into effect Wednesday, as did the introduction of odd-even plate restrictions on vehicles, cutting traffic on roads by about half. Outdoor activities have also been suspended, according to the city's heavy air pollution emergency response office   Read More ...
China to launch first student satellite for scientific education
2018-01-17 09:30:09 China's first nano-satellite with primary and middle school students involved in the development and building process will be launched into space Friday. The satellite, named after late Premier Zhou Enlai, was sent from its production base in Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in east China's Jiangsu Province to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province Monday, where a CZ-11 solid fuel rocket is scheduled to put it into orbit Friday   Read More ...
Reciting 72 classic literary works a must: Chinese education authorities spark controversy
2018-01-17 07:30:54 China's educational regulator said the new decision on requiring high school students to recite 58 more literary works aims at promoting Chinese culture, following ongoing public debate. The new high school curriculum guideline, issued by the Ministry of Education, requires students to recite 72 Chinese classic poems and essays from the previous 14. Shen Jiliang, an authority from the ministry, asked for understanding during a press conference on Tuesday, saying that the curriculum is put in place for students to practice traditional culture based on their learning abilities   Read More ...
South China's Hainan to build public kitchens for rural teachers
2018-01-17 04:50:19 South China's Hainan Province will invest 21 million yuan (3.3 million U.S. dollars) to build public kitchens for rural schools in six pilot counties and cities, the provincial education department said Tuesday. The project aims to attract teachers to stay at the rural schools by providing public kitchens and free cooking facilities. Rural schools in Hainan normally have no canteens, and teachers must get their own meals   Read More ...
Chinese institute at UMass Boston is accused of promoting censorship
2018-01-16 19:01:04 A group of UMass Boston students, professors, and alumni as well as outside advocates are raising concerns about the Confucius Institute that operates on its campus, accusing it of promoting censorship abroad and undermining human rights. The Chinese government oversees the center, one of more than 90 on campuses across the United States and abroad and one of two in the state   Read More ...
China exam tests students on teacher names
2018-01-16 15:08:41 A Chinese college has reportedly raised eyebrows after it including an unusual question on its final exams - asking students whether they could identify their teacher. According to China Youth Daily, students at the Sichuan Vocational College of Culture and Communication were handed papers with photos of seven people during their exams, and asked to select their teacher and write their name underneath   Read More ...
Students asked to match teacher's name to photo in final exam
2018-01-16 09:00:36 A college in Northwest China which asked students to choose the correct photo of their teacher and write the teacher's name in a final exam has sparked a heated discussion. Students in the Sichuan Vocational College of Culture and Communication were asked to choose the photo of their teacher from seven photos and write the teacher's name under it in the final of Ideological and Moral Cultivation and the Legal Basis on Monday   Read More ...
Chengdu establishes scholarships for Belt and Road, ASEAN students
2018-01-16 07:30:27 The official website of Chengdu municipal people's government on Monday announced two government scholarships for overseas students from countries along the Belt and Road and ASEAN countries respectively. The scholarships aim to attract foreign students to Chengdu and promote educational exchanges and cooperation with countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. According to the announcement, the applicants for Belt and Road scholarship must be citizens of a friendly Belt and Road country   Read More ...
Universities jump into online courses
2018-01-16 04:02:00 China ranks first in the number of Massive Online Open Courses-with 3,200 launched by 460 higher education institutes, including 200 courses available on foreign MOOC platforms-the Ministry of Education said on Monday. Since 2012, China has established 10 MOOC platforms, and 55 million people have tried the courses, including more than 6 million university students who have earned credits by finishing the courses, said Wu Yan, director of the ministry's Department of Higher Education   Read More ...
Supplemental education accounts for a third of household education spending: survey
2018-01-16 03:03:15 Among Chinese families with primary and junior high school students, a third of all household educational spending was used for supplemental education in 2017, according to a survey by the China Youth Daily on Monday. Supplemental education refers to educational products or services purchased from institutions or individuals other than schools for the purpose of developing a student's interest or improving the student's grades in school   Read More ...
University rejects Chinese Communist Party-linked influence efforts on campus
2018-01-15 17:11:07 As part of a broad effort to interfere in U.S. institutions, China tries to shape the discussion at American universities, stifle criticism and influence academic activity by offering funding, often through front organizations closely linked to Beijing. Now that aspect of Beijing's foreign influence campaign is beginning to face resistance from academics and lawmakers. A major battle in this nascent campus war played out over the past six months at the University of Texasin Austin   Read More ...
China promotes online education
2018-01-15 16:30:19 The first batch of 490 national quality courses are available online for the public, according to an educational official Monday. The courses focus on common curriculum for undergraduate education and higher vocational education, professional basic courses, and professional core courses, said Wu Yan, head of the Department of Higher Education with the Ministry of Education, at a press conference. About 70 percent of the 490 courses are provided by China's first-class universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Wuhan University   Read More ...
University rejects Chinese Communist Party-linked influence efforts on campus
2018-01-15 15:01:01 As part of a broad effort to interfere in U.S. institutions, China tries to shape the discussion at American universities, stifle criticism and influence academic activity by offering funding, often through front organizations closely linked to Beijing. Now that aspect of Beijing’s foreign influence campaign is beginning to face resistance from academics and lawmakers. A major battle in this nascent campus war played out over the past six months at the University of Texas in Austin   Read More ...
One third Chinese preschool children online: study
2018-01-14 07:30:10 Nearly one in third of Chinese preschool children spend more than 30 minutes online each day for entertainment, according to a study result released this weekend. The study, conducted by an education research center under the China National Youth Palace Association, found that about 29 percent of children aged between three and six spend more than half an hour online everyday   Read More ...
Overseas students experience Chinese intangible cultural heritages in Guizhou(1/5)
2018-01-12 07:30:14 An overseas student tries the Miao ethnic batik with the help of a craftsman in Danzhai County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 11, 2018. Overseas students of Yenching Academy of Peking University experienced Chinese intangible cultural heritages including the ancient paper making and Miao ethnic batik in Danzhai. (Xinhua/Hang Xiaohai)   Read More ...
Rural teacher teaches students in remote area for 40 years(1/11)
2018-01-11 08:00:45 Tan Zeguang (C) poses for photo with his students and colleagues at the Gaoshan Village Primary School in Tonggu Township of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Jan. 8, 2018. Tan Zeguang, a rural teacher of Gaoshan Village Primary School, has been teaching students in this remote area for a total of 40 years. Tan has to take care of both courses and daily life of students when they are at school, which is more than five kilometers away from the nearest town   Read More ...
5,000 students attend same lesson for postgraduate study(1/3)
2018-01-11 05:00:38 Students attend a lecture for the postgraduate entrance examination in Jinan City, the capital of East China’s Shandong Province, Jan. 10, 2018. Some 5,000 students took the lesson in a giant hall, making notes projected onto a big screen on the stage. The examination allows students into China's top universities to complete Masters' degrees. (Photo/VCG)   Read More ...
Freezing cold turns primary school student's hair white
2018-01-11 02:30:52 A boy comes to classroom with his hair frozen. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn) A picture of a young boy with his hair frozen went viral and attracted thousands of people's attention Tuesday. In minus 9 degree temperature, the grade three primary school student walked over one hour, 4.5 kilometers, to reach his Zhuan Shan Bao Primary School of Xinjie County, Southwest China's Yunnan province   Read More ...
Foreign students learn local opera in Hebei(1/4)
2018-01-10 07:30:10 A student from Bangladesh learns the movement in Hebei Bangzi Opera at the Hebei Cangzhou Technical College in Hebei Province, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo/Asianewsphoto) Several foreign students at the Hebei Cangzhou Technical College learn Hebei Bangzi Opera from a local troupe during an event called "Opera entering into campus". The students learn the origin and evolvement of Hebei Bangzi Opera and experience the charm of Chinese culture   Read More ...
Universities expand courses to meet demands of B&R initiative
2018-01-10 03:00:45 A recent admission notice published by Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), one of China's leading language universities, has told students that they can apply for 30 language majors without having to pass the tough national college entrance examinations. Compared with last year, the Global Times found that the new admission notice, which added two more language majors, is placing more emphasis on options for less commonly taught languages   Read More ...
How one Chinese firm uses A.I. to teach English
2018-01-09 12:18:19 Chinese education start-up Liulishuo has developed what it calls the world's first artificial intelligence English teacher. After years spent gathering data on Chinese people speaking English, the firm employed deep learning to create personalized English courses powered by AI. Available on the firm's mobile app, the courses were launched in 2016 and boast around 50 million registered users. Schools have long suffered from a short supply of highly qualified teachers, he said, but now "technology, especially AI and mobile internet, has enabled us to extract the best out of the best teachers   Read More ...
Beijing brings winter sports courses to classrooms
2018-01-09 09:48:00 A total of 140,000 students in primary and secondary schools in Beijing have taken winter sports courses over the past two years as the city brought the Winter Olympic Games to classrooms, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education. An official at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education said the city has been promoting winter sports in nearly 100 schools in all 16 districts   Read More ...
How one company is betting on English language classes in China
2018-01-08 12:16:53 China's online education industry has flourished following the government's relaxation of the One-child policy, with English language providers enjoying robust demand. One of the companies benefiting from that boom is Alo7, a Shanghai-based platform that offers its proprietary curriculum to language institutes across China. There are 50,000 English training institutes in China, the majority of which are regional players and Alo7 customers, he explained   Read More ...
Team awarded for research into building railways in cold regions
2018-01-08 09:01:29 Cheng Guodong and his team researching permafrost at the Chinese Academy of Sciences based in Lanzhou, Gansu Province. /Photo via Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. One of the Innovation Team winners in this year's China National Science and Technology Awards is a team that has been researching construction on permafrost for almost half a century and made the completion of Qinghai-Tibet Railway possible in 2006   Read More ...
70% of undergrad entrepreneurs start businesses at university
2018-01-08 08:30:12 There's an increasing number of university students who have a strong desire to create a startup and do so at younger ages, according to a report on China's undergraduate entrepreneurs in 2017 released by Renmin University of China on Saturday, Beijing News reported. The report initiated by Renmin University of China covers 52 universities, including Beijing Normal University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, as well as some enterprises and social organizations that jointly formed an investigative tracking network   Read More ...
Shanghai college students gain extra credit by losing weight
2018-01-08 07:30:50 A new course at East China University of Political Science and Law is causing heated discussions among its students. Starting next semester, the esteemed school aims to help students develop a healthy lifestyle with a new class where one's grades are based on their overall success in losing weight. The course is only open to 24 students, but more than 70 have applied at the time of reporting   Read More ...
26 pct Chinese university students eager to start businesses: survey
2018-01-08 02:00:39 Twenty-six percent of Chinese students from higher education institutions are eager to start businesses in 2017, marking an eight percentage points rise from the previous year, according to a survey. The survey, jointly conducted by over 30 higher education institutions, enterprises and social organizations, covered 52 higher education institutions across the country. According to the survey, 22 percent of the respondents choose to start businesses in accommodation and catering industry and 19   Read More ...
Racist French kindergarten nursery rhyme banned after infuriating China
2018-01-05 06:20:01 HONG KONG: A nursery rhyme sung in a French kindergarten has been criticised online for being racist towards Chinese people. The song, titled Zhang, my little Chinese, was taught at an unnamed school in Aubervilliers, a northeastern suburb of Paris, for more than a decade, China News Service reported on Monday. Despite its longevity, a row started online after “an Asian parent” posted a video of it on Facebook on Dec 26, French newspaper Le Figaro reported   Read More ...
Chinese teacher shortlisted for 'Nobel Prize' of education
2018-01-05 03:01:57 Yang Dongmei, a 44-year old teacher from Inner Mongolia, is selected for the top 50 list of the Global Teacher Prize. [Screenshot: China Plus] The Global Teacher Prize has released its list of 50 finalists for the 2018 award. Yang Dongmei, a language teacher from Inner Mongolia, has made the list of finalists. Among the 50 finalists, Yang is the only teacher from China   Read More ...
Greenville native who went on to become Chinese movie star speaks to students at his former elementary school
2018-01-04 13:04:48 GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - A Greenville native who went on to become one of the biggest movie stars in China will return to his former elementary school Thursday to give a motivational speech to students. Greenville County Schools said Matthew Knowles, a former Clemson football player who graduated from the university in 2008, will speak to students at Sarah Collins elementary   Read More ...
China to build joint institute with Morocco university
2018-01-04 10:01:00 The Ministry of Education has recently approved a China-Morocco joint institute to be built by northwest China's Ningxia University and Morocco's University of Hassan I. Ningxia University said a group of delegates visited the University of Hassan I last November, and the two universities signed an agreement to establish a joint institute, focusing on "Belt and Road" studies, serving China-Morocco trade and cooperation, and enhancing higher education cooperation between the two sides   Read More ...