UK-China Education Weekly News — Released by the British Chamber of Commerce & Venture Education: 12th April 2019
New report shows changing motivations of international Chinese students
The report found that internal factors were increasingly important in choosing to study abroad, with 64% of students looking to study abroad to enrich their personal experiences or expand international knowledge. In contrast, external factors played the biggest role in choosing a study destination, with a significant increase in concerns around safety, which jumped from the seventh most important factor in 2017 to second in 2018. The report also found that parents and family were having a diminishing influence in a student’s final decision to study overseas. In 2018, the decision to study overseas was made by the entire family in 45% of cases and solely by the student in 31% of cases. Parents made the decision alone just 24% of the time.
(Source: The PIE News)
Double ten-thousand plan sets ambitious targets for higher education
The plan, announced by the MoE this Tuesday, will develop 10,000 ‘first-class’ undergraduate programmes at the state level and another 10,000 such programs at the provincial level by 2021. The MoE notice is directed at all types of ordinary higher education institutions and will cover all 92 types of undergraduate majors. However, according to the notice, HEIs should actively promote the development of new courses in engineering, healthcare, agriculture and liberal arts, closely meeting the country’s development needs.
Westminster’s first Chinese school set to open in Chengdu
The school, which is due to open in September 2020, will be the first of six Westminster schools in China. The school will offer bilingual education to Chinese and foreign students aged three to eighteen and 50% of its teaching staff will come from the UK. The next five branches are planned to open in the coming 10 years.
75 bogus universities identified and closed down for delivering UK fake degrees
Seventy-five bogus universities involved in the fake degrees business have been closed down in the past four years. According to the Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD), the UK’s official service for candidate verification and university authentication, these types of frauds are becoming more sophisticated and aim to make money from enrolment fees, premium phone lines and course fees.
(Source: The Guardian)
New program launched to improve basic education in Chinese rural areas
A new program has been launched to middle and primary schools of rural areas of Central and West China. Teaching positions are open to all county-level middle and primary school teachers, who will be given three-year contracts and will be encouraged to further explore and innovate their educational concepts and methods, in order to lift the quality of education in central and western rural areas. The provinces of Anhui, Henan, Shaanxi and Gansu will become the pilot regions of the program this year.
Pearson invests $50 million in the development of next-generation EdTech startups
The British education firm Pearson has committed $50 million to assisting next-gen education startups with ambitious new approaches, such as augmented reality technology. Owen Henekel, Pearson’s investment director, says the investments are not about acquiring new assets, but learning how Pearson could grow and adapt in the future. “It’s about keeping Pearson’s ear to the ground in relevant markets and verticals. If we don’t have the knowledge of the space, we won’t know where it’s going.” Henkel adds that Pearson does not intend to own majority stakes in the startups or control the direction of the companies.
(Source: Tech Crunch)
(来源: Tech Crunch)
Holon IQ: Adoption of AI in education (2019)
Empowering Chinese students to study in the UK
Date: Wednesday 17 April
Location: The British Centre, 1001 China Life Tower
An informative morning briefing for education professionals who send students to the UK with advice and updates on visas, flights, housing and guardianship. The event starts with check-in at 9:45 and concludes with a Q&A at 11:30.
所在：英国商务中心 北京 中国人寿大厦1001
Education Job Fair 2019
Date and Time: 11am-15pm, 13 April
Location: WeWork Pinnacle One, 40F, Tower B, No. 199 Lower Dongda Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
Matching the best talent resources and job demand in education sector of the city’s international community. Organised by the British Chamber of Commerce Southwest China, the Job Fair focuses on creating a friendly recruiting environment specifically for the education industry in Chengdu.
地点：Wework Pinnacle One，成都锦江区下东大街199号睿东中心B座40楼
Lessons from the Global Education and Skills Forum
Date and Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm, 22 April
Location: Punchline Cafe
Bringing teaching communities together to learn and explore developments in education, the EDU Matters team invites teachers, tutors, leaders, policy makers and parents to join for an evening of discussion around 5 key areas:
-Creating a culture of tolerance in the classroom
-Developing student agency
-21st century skills
-Education for the future; a summary from Andreas Schleicher
-Valuing Teachers through professional development
This is a free event open to all in the education sector
High school in Kathmandu re-opens after earthquake in 2015
Shree Janakalyan, a senior high school in Kathmandu, Nepal, was recently re-opened after reconstructions following an earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 and left 1,400 students without a school building. The efforts of the government of the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the Red Cross Society of China, and other entities were vital to rebuilding the structure of the school. Meanwhile, the Chinese government and various other societies have helped to improve and replenish the school’s equipment.
(Source: Global Times)
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