UK-China Education Weekly News — Released by the British Chamber of Commerce & Venture Education: 15th March 2019
New government guidelines to be released for China’s online tutoring industry
Education Minister Chen Baosheng announced on Tuesday that upcoming government guidelines will regulate private tutoring centres that have expanded their curriculums online. Chen did not specify what these regulations would entail, but last year’s guidelines for offline centres, which set restrictions on class times and fee collection, could give some indication.
(Source: Caixin Global)
Chinese school operator warns of ban on M&A deals
At this year’s Two Sessions, the chairman of Yuhua Education, one of China’s largest private school operators, has called for the removal of a clause in a new draft law that restricts schools’ expansion through M&A deals. Li Guangyu argued that the law ‘would restrict the development of listed companies, which are China’s most regulated and highest quality private education operators’. The law is thought to stem from concerns that fast-expanding schools are putting profit before teaching.
(Source: South China Morning Post)
UK government to build dozens of new schools for special educational needs and excluded pupils
The UK’s Department of Education has announced that 3,500 more school places will be created under plans to open 37 special and two alternative provision schools. The former will provide specialist support for pupils with complex needs such as autism, severe learning difficulties or mental health conditions, while the latter will provide more than 100 places to young people who have been, or are at risk of being, expelled from mainstream schools.
(Source: The Independent)
UK secondary schools to provide free sanitary products
According to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, the move comes ‘In response to rising concern by head teachers that some girls are missing school attendance due to inability to afford sanitary products’. The announcement, which was welcomed by school leaders, is the latest in a series of moves by the Government to recognise the issue of what campaigners have termed ‘period poverty’.
(Source: The Independent)
China Britain Business Council signs TVET MoU
The MoU, signed on the 11th of March, 2019, agreed to establish the ‘China-UK – Leading Education and Resource Network’ (LEARN) as well as to cooperate by offering guidance to relevant education providers in both China and the UK.
Suggestion for ‘Nationwide Death Education’ sparks online debate
The suggestion came at China’s annual Two Sessions, where Gu Jin, Chief Physician at Peking University Cancer Hospital, argued that people need to learn to ‘respect death, to respect life’. The suggestion caused a flurry on social media, with the hashtag ‘suggesting the development of nationwide death education” trending on Weibo with 130 million views.
Guizhou trains language experts to serve Belt and Road cooperation
Guizhou will speed up the training of languages used in ASEAN countries and increase courses on languages of countries in central and south Asia, and in central and eastern Europe, according to a plan released by the provincial education department. Colleges in Guizhou will train more than 100 learners of those languages by 2024 and by 2027, at least 300 teachers and students will be funded by the government for further study in Belt and Road countries.
Jingkids International School Expo (JISE) 2019, Shanghai
Date and Time: 17 March, 10am to 5pm
Location: The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan
With over 100 international schooling options in Shanghai, parents are spoiled for choice – but who has the time to visit them all in person? That’s where Jing International School Expo (JISE) comes in, featuring key personnel from over 40 of Shanghai’s best schools. Admissions staff, principals, and teachers will be on hand to help parents decide which school is the perfect fit for their child.
Breakfast Briefing: Her Majesty’s Government New Approach Towards Market Access Issues
Date and Time: 20 March, 8:00am-9:30am
Location: The British Business Centre Room 1001, China Life Tower
Join the British Chamber of Commerce in China at the BritCham Breakfast Briefing, a members-only event that brings you the latest in current business and political topics all over a delicious breakfast.This month we will welcome Dr. Sharon Sadeh who will be talking about Her Majesty’s Government’s new and proactive approach towards market access issues. Dr. Sadeh is Team Leader, China and HK, of the Department of International Trade’s market access team.
THE China Universities Forum
Date: 29-30 March
Attendees will discuss the rapid rise of Chinese research universities and examine whether this progress can be matched by innovations in teaching and quality of learning. Drawing on exclusive THE data, the event will investigate the upcoming threats and opportunities for China’s universities as they continue to pursue world-class university status, and hear if lessons can be learned from their international peer institutions in relation to their development.
China International Education Exhibition Tour
23-24 March – Beijing
26 March – Wuhan
28 March – Shanghai
30 March – Guangzhou
31 March – Shenzhen
CIEET covers China’s major markets for study abroad and offers diversified activities to support exhibitors to disseminate information to the students and parents. In addition to the traditional exhibition, the fair provides a number of lectures to introduce government policies about studying abroad, including overseas students’ qualification verifications, household registration and personnel record management service for returnees.
Online degree courses
An online education provider wants to partner with prestigious universities to provide online degree courses or certificate programmes to Chinese students, professionals and corporate executives.
Opportunity closing date: 28 March 2019
中国 – 在线学位课程
China – Transnational Education (TNE) programmes on Early Years
A university is looking to partner with a UK university to conduct a TNE programme on Early Years. The cooperation model is 4 plus 0 and it wants the partnership to start in September 2019.
Opportunity closing date: 31 March 2019
中国 – 早教跨国教育（TNE）合作项目
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