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Tsinghua becomes first Chinese university to build physical campus in US

    Dozens of Chinese universities have built partnership programs, but the nation's elite Peking and Tsinghua universities have lagged behind. But that is changing, as Tsinghua becomes the first Chinese university to build a physical campus in the United States, and prepares to host a $300 million scholarship program in Beijing. Tsinghua's efforts to internationalize already seem to be bearing fruit - US News & World Report ranked Tsinghua University as the world's best university for engineering, ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

University of S China criticized for assigning majors through lottery

A central China university has caused controversy by making its students pick their majors through a lottery system. The auditorium at the University of South China in Hunan Province was especially crowded the evening of September 8, when hundreds of students queued to pick their majors through luck of the draw. Second-year students from the department of civil engineering under the urban planning school are required to focus on one of the department's seven majors. Lu Qinghua, an official with the school, said, "We were forced to take these measures. If choosing a

Press spokesperson system required in all Chinese universities

All universities in China are required to establish a press spokesperson system, the Ministry of Education announced in a circular on Monday. The circular stipulates all universities across China should appoint full-time staff to attend news releases, public opinion supervision and new media operations related to university affairs. Staff and contact information for the news office should be disclosed to the public, the circular said. University leadership must also run opinion polls among university faculty and students before issuing major policies, it added.

Fake universities in China blacklisted on Internet

China's education authority has issued a list of the country's 2,845 authorized institutions of higher learning, creating a buzz on the Internet and in social media among students who are due to take the national college entrance exam next month. The 2,845 schools accredited by the Ministry of Education include 447 private, seven jointly run by Chinese and foreign universities, and 292 colleges for lifelong learning. Most Chinese institutions of higher learning are public. The ministry issues the list every year, partly in an effort to alert the public of unauthorized

Universities urged to clear up hidden dangers in construction sites

China's Ministry of Education requires universities under its direct administration to carefully examine all the construction projects to clear up hidden dangers following a fatal campus construction site accident. A scaffold collapse killed ten workers and injured another four on Dec. 29, 2014 in a construction site at Tsinghua High School, a school attached to China's famous Tsinghua University. The ministry asked universities to evaluate risks and take effective technological and administrative measures to rule out hidden dangers. There are 75 universities

Strong China links bolster education ties

Chinese student numbers are booming across northeastern England, sparking more cooperation between universities from both countries.    Estimates suggest that a tenth of the populations of some institutes are Chinese, and the numbers are growing.    There is also a healthy number of Chinese scholars working in the area, many of whom are involved in joint ventures with counterpart universities in China.    "We have always seen China as a partner in education," says Jennifer Thompson, head of business development at Durham

Universities across China see first tuition fee hike in 10 years

    Many universities across China will give more scholarships to students after tuition fees were raised in the upcoming academic year for the first time in more than 10 years. According to the Jiangsu province education department, tuition fees for some majors, including medicine, engineering and liberal arts, will increase by up to 17.2 percent, from about 4,600 yuan ($747) to 5,500 yuan a year. The Ningxia Hui autonomous region announced that tuition fees for many majors, such as science, engineering and agriculture, will increase by more than 50 percent,

Top Chinese universities to guarantee admission equality

Admission staff members sort out admission letters at Renmin University of China on Tuesday. The university has introduced a series of measures to boost public supervision of the enrollment process. Wang Zhuangfei / China Daily     Schools tilt their policies to enroll more students from rural areas Top Chinese universities are taking new steps to improve transparency and equality during the admission period. Renmin University of China has launched a series of new initiatives to welcome supervision from outside the university, such as opening a publicity

SUSTC: China's first autonomous university issues diplomas

South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC), the country's first autonomous university, has issued diplomas to two graduates, marking an achievement in the country's higher education reform. Wang Jiale, 17, and He Minghao, 22, who were enrolled in March 2011, passed their dissertation defense and graduated from the school one year early on Wednesday, receiving diplomas issued by the university. In China, diplomas are issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The SUSTC is hailed as a pioneer of the country's higher education reform by building China's first

Mainland China tops Times rankings of universities in BRICS

The Chinese mainland topped the inaugural Times rankings of universities in the BRICS and emerging economies released Wednesday evening.   In total, the Chinese mainland claimed six spots in the top 20 rankings, 15 top 50, and 23 top 100 institutions.   "China has emerged as the strongest higher education nation among the emerging economies," said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings.   "This success comes as a result of clear political leadership and strong financial support for the academy, and should serve as a

258 majors refused by Ministry of Education for next academic year

A total of 258 of the majors that Chinese colleges and universities applied for authorization to offer students next academic year have been refused by the Ministry of Education, it announced on Wednesday. These majors, including golf industry management, global health studies, network security and law enforcement, and nursing of senior people, were featured in applications from more than 60 colleges and universities nationwide, according to a statement on the ministry's website. But the ministry has also approved certain colleges to offer new majors, such as education
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