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Is China’s basic education a success, or does it destroy the morality of society?


Chinese educators and education experts believe China has extraordinary basic education. They think this education gives millions of students solid knowledge and basic skills, which is the point why our education is good. The experts think the only failure of Chinese education is at university level. They criticise the poor higher education system as the … Continue reading

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China’s new education reform will fail again


China‘s Education Department published the new rules of the college entrance examination. Shanghai and Zhejiang provinces are going to be the experimental regions of the new system. Unfortunately, no matter how the Chinese government acts on the education system, all reforms are sure to be failures. The government is still unaware of the lack of … Continue reading

China complains that American education is undermining Communist ideology amongst Chinese students


Chinese students have shown an insatiable appetite for attending U.S. colleges — last year alone, more than 235,000 were enrolled at American institutions of higher education. But now, some in China are grousing that the SAT may impose American values on its best and brightest, who in preparation for the exam might be studying the … Continue reading

Chinese people’s bad behaviour causes poor image in Africa, negative international rating


It’s perhaps coincidence, but Reuters’ report on China’s Xi Jinping not making global impact comes on the same day when Hong Kong newspapers SCMP and Ta Kung Pao report on China’s poor image in Africa due to Chinese people and companies’ behaviour there. Ta Kung Pao says in its report as an increasing number of … Continue reading

China: Revving up for e-learning market opportunities


The e-learning market has been reshaped by the widespread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) set up by a large range of top players globally: from the established Ivy League universities to the most daring projects set up by innovative outsiders like Udacity or Khan Academy. Many powerful projects achieved great results in a very … Continue reading

Chinese spies attending US universities, says expelled Peking University professor


A prominent Beijing scholar who recently fled to the United States has warned that China was sending “spies” to American universities, and urged US institutions to tread carefully on academic co-operation. Xia Yeliang is one of the original signatories of Charter 08, a petition for reform whose Nobel Prize-winning lead author Liu Xiaobo is in … Continue reading

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s new Harvard job: US-China relations


Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has taken up a new role with the prestigious Harvard University where he will lead a major research project into United States-China relations. The appointment will see him split his time between Boston, Beijing and his hometown of Brisbane. Mr Rudd, who has worked in China and speaks Mandarin, … Continue reading

Taiwan to review limits on Chinese mainland students


Taiwan to reconsider controversial restrictions on learners from the mainland as talent drain and low birthrate take toll on enrolment. The administration of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is considering loosening controversial restrictions on mainland college students as a talent drain and low birthrate reduce the number of local students. A review of the so-called “three … Continue reading

China parents count cost of sending children to overseas universities


Jack Ma, one of China’s best-known entrepreneurs, thinks business success in China has nothing to do with prestigious foreign degrees: “When you want to judge whether a person . . . is excellent or not don’t look at whether they went to Harvard or Stanford,” he is famous for saying. More and more Chinese parents apparently disagree with the … Continue reading

British teachers fined, jailed and deported for working illegally in China


The following is one of many stories in recent months concerning foreign nationals working illegally, or vilified as serious criminals for seemingly minor matters. After ricocheting from subject of sympathy to target of vitriol by millions of Chinese Internet users who had seen photographs of him hitting a woman pedestrian with his scooter, a foreign … Continue reading

China targets schools for major Marxist education campaign


Educational institutions – from primary schools to universities – will be a major target of a sweeping Marxist education campaign announced yesterday by the Communist Party. The unusually detailed action plan released by the ruling party’s General Office was seen as an attempt by party boss and President Xi Jinping to fight against public scepticism … Continue reading

China’s supposed top world education ranking is designed to deceive


The Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) scores for 15 year olds around the world were recently released. While these scores do offer some indication as to how students from a given country compare, we should be reticent to make took much of these scores. Shanghai in particular is a city where much ado has been made about apparently high … Continue reading

China: Xinjiang college says “approved political views” needed to graduate


College students in China’s restive western Xinjiang region will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism. Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic group, many of whom resent controls imposed by Beijing and an inflow of … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan


Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

Chinese students find Australia’s capital city too quiet for study


The majority of Chinese do not consider Canberra as a study destination and those that do find it too quiet, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has found. Ms Gallagher is in China, with University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker and Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Young, to promote Canberra as a tertiary education and business … Continue reading

China talent outflow is highest in the world


China is losing top-notch talent at the highest rate in the world as students who seek degrees abroad opt to remain overseas, the official People’s Daily newspaper reported today. An average of 87 percent of students in science and engineering stay overseas, the newspaper said, citing an official from a government working group on talent … Continue reading

As China’s middle class grows, so do its concerns


Beijing is facing increasing public pressure to deal with issues such as pollution, food safety and education driven by the 10 percent of its population who now count as middle class. With two cars, foreign holidays and a cook for their apartment, one Beijing family epitomizes the new middle class created by China’s decades of … Continue reading

Job prospects grim for China’s 7 million fresh graduates


When James Zhao, 23, read news reports last Friday claiming Renren, the “Facebook of China“, could be laying off three-quarters of the staff at its 3G technology department, his heart sank. Having been unsuccessful in his job applications to several multinational tech firms, including mobile giant Motorola, he was hoping to have better luck with … Continue reading

‘Don’t teach freedom of press or Communist Party mistakes’, Chinese universities told


Mainland universities have been ordered to steer clear of seven topics in their teaching, including universal values, press freedom and civil rights, two university staff said, offering an insight into ideological control under the new Communist Party leaders. A law professor with a Shanghai-based university who requested anonymity because he feared persecution said yesterday that … Continue reading

Terrifying climb to get to school in southern China


That’s one way to get to the top of the class… The terrifying climb of Chinese school children as young as five, forced to scale sheer cliffs to get to school. The mountain-top village of only 100 residents is cut off from the outside world, apart from ladders leading to the valley below. Brave schoolchildren … Continue reading

Australia’s “Asia Literate” plan fails: more students learning Latin than Chinese


Asian language teaching in Australian schools has declined to the point where more year 12 students are studying Latin than Chinese. Despite China’s growing importance and the Gillard government‘s goal of creating an ”Asia Literate” society by 2025, fewer high school students who don’t speak Chinese at home are learning the language than four years … Continue reading

Australian government getting serious on China university scams


The Australian Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (AITH) is an intermediary. It doesn’t belong to China and it doesn’t belong to Australia. It is registered in Hong Kong, where neither country can touch it. That doesn’t stop it from cheating Chinese students on a massive scale, possibly tens of millions of dollars. However, that may … Continue reading

Instagram and Chinese art


When I first saw someone instagram a photo on Facebook, it reminded me of my parent’s wedding picture. I thought, “Oh how nice, looks very retro chic.” Then it became too much. Not everything needs to have a sense of nostalgia. I remember one of friends instagramed a plate of pickles and salami I had … Continue reading

China’s Xiamen University expands into Malaysia


Xiamen University in Fujian Province announced that it would open its first overseas campus in the Malaysian state of Selangor in September 2015. It will become the first Chinese university to open an overseas branch. The final agreement for the Xiamen campus will be signed in early February during the launch of the Kuantan Industrial Park … Continue reading

Online essay mills target Chinese students


Kexin Lee is a 36-year-old man from Southern China,. He has never had college education and can hardly speak any English, but when it comes to essay writing, hundreds of Chinese students in the UK turn to Lee with their essay tasks, paying him from £100 to £300 per thousand words. Lee then assigns the … Continue reading

Corporal punishment in China’s schools


The news today that the principal of a primary school in Xinyang has been fired after two of his teachers caned a four-year-old boy, was shocking enough to make The South China Morning Post. But for me, it made particularly difficult reading as it stirred personal memories of corporal punishment from my first China-based job … Continue reading

China: Easing of college exam barriers fails to satisfy migrant parents


Migrant parents expressed disappointment yesterday after three of the largest magnets of migrant labour – Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong – announced only a modest relaxation of residency restrictions for college entrance exams. Officials in the three regions each submitted plans in advance of the State Council‘s year-end deadline for policies to overhaul the much criticised … Continue reading

Exodus of China’s rich and skilled for better lives


More than 150,000 mainlanders obtained overseas citizenship last year, making China the world’s biggest source of immigrants, a report released this week says. Many were wealthy and highly educated and had left in search of a more democratic society, a cleaner environment and better education opportunities, said the International Migration Report (2012) jointly released on … Continue reading

A Chinese education, for a price


For Chinese children and their devoted parents, education has long been seen as the key to getting ahead in a highly competitive society. But just as money and power grease business deals and civil servant promotions, the academic race here is increasingly rigged in favor of the wealthy and well connected, who pay large sums … Continue reading

Visiting China mainland students unfairly punished by Taiwan politics


Asked for their first impressions of Taiwan after stepping on a university campus here, many mainland students happily reply “friendly and free”. Wait a few months, however, and some of those same students might have a much less flattering description: “narrow-minded and biased”. Who could blame them? Taiwan has been anything but hospitable to mainland … Continue reading

Harsh rules on migrants’ education opportunities in China


SCMP reports today: “Migrant parents are unhappy with new State Council guidelines that set harsh rules for deciding which of their children can sit high school and university entrance exams in the cities where they live. “They say the restrictions will deny their children the chance of an education. “Minister of Education Yuan Guiren said … Continue reading

An open letter from a Chinese Malaysian resident in USA


The following open letter, while not directly dealing with China, does highlight the problems of racism and injustice experienced by many Chinese and Chinese-descent people, in Malaysia and many other countries around the world: Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia, admin@portal.gov.my Dear Prime Minister, We … Continue reading

Hong Kong teachers vow to fight against brainwashing imposed by Beijing


Hong Kong is preparing for a new march against the school reform imposed by the communist government, which obliges classes of “national education”. Civil society joins the battle first launched 10 years ago by the Catholic Church and say they are ready to resist this new abuse. After the Catholic Church, the Christian denominations, parents … Continue reading

Graduate unemployment in China and USA


Unemployment of recent graduates is hovering at 50% in both China and the US. The lack of available employment for the best and the brightest is a symptom of what is wrong at a macro level with each of our respective economies. While the overall symptoms are the same, the disease, and its treatment, is … Continue reading

Rules banning rampant academic cheating in China ‘lack bite’


In my post “Hunan Hospital Passed Water for Vaccine” yesterday, I point out that Mao’s example of lies and trickery in his Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957 has corrupted the whole nation and made even hospitals cheat their patients. Today, SCMP reports on the draft of rules to deal with the problem of rampant lies and … Continue reading

Thinking out of the book – tutors in China and Asia


A recent news report, ‘Mass tutoring churning out Robot Pupils’ (South China Morning Post, May 19, 2012) referred to a survey conducted by Mark Bray, a professor of Comparative Education at the University of Hong Kong. According to the survey about 54% of Form Three pupils and 72% of Form Six pupils have tutors. Tutoring, … Continue reading

Hangzhou China NAFLE Drama Competition


November 23 2011: While living in Hangzhou, China, I was invited to write and direct a play for the Year 7 “Ruling Class” students. The play won the Zhejiang Province Division of the NAFLE Drama Festival, and the students are now scheduled to participate in the National Finals of the competition, to be held in … Continue reading

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