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Greetings from the Education and Research Section at the Australian Embassy, Beijing.  See below a round-up of recent China-related education related media releases, which we trust will be useful for developing a better understanding of China's education policy environment. 
Top Stories this issue
National
MoHRSS issues five-year plan document for vocational skills training (CHN)
Five-year plan looks to improve education at preschools, county-level high schools
10.76 million higher education graduates expected in 2022, up by 1.67 million (CHN)
4.57 million people registered for the National Postgraduate Entrance Exam
Over 80% of tutoring firms quit business
Draft revision to law ensures parity for vocational grads
Central, western China to push engineering, agriculture in higher education

Provincial
Ten Beijing based online tutoring agencies receives permit for operation (CHN)

Australia
Hong Kong, Australian universities discover T cells effective to tackle Omicron


Provinces/SAR
Interest in studying in Australia spikes among Hongkongers after country unveils new pathways to citizenship

Also of Interest
China Eastern Airlines flight from Australia to China suspended and cancelled (CHN)
Chinese students in US scramble to get flights home amid travel chaos
National
MoHRSS issues five-year plan document for vocational skills training (CHN)
By jyb.cn, 17 December 2021
The Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MoHRSS) and three other government bodies have recently issued a regulatory document on vocational and skills training for the 14th Five Year Plan period. The document asks to improve wages and benefits for skilled workers and to include “highly skilled workers” in Hukou considerations and relevant social benefits and services.
 

Five-year plan looks to improve education at preschools, county-level high schools
By China Daily, 16 December 2021
On 16 December, the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) and eight other government agencies jointly released action plans to improve education at preschools and county-level high schools nationwide during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), aiming to further increase gross enrollment rates by 2025. Local authorities are urged to build more government-subsidized kindergartens to ensure affordable preschool education for families with financial difficulties.
 

10.76 million higher education graduates expected in 2022, up by 1.67 million (CHN)
By Xinhua, 28 December 2021
China is expected to see 10.76 million graduates from its higher education sector in 2022, up by 1.67 million compared to previous year, said the MoE– a record year in terms of total number and percentage rise.
 

4.57 million people registered for the National Postgraduate Entrance Exam
By China Daily, 27 December 2021
4.57 million college students registered for the national postgraduate entrance exam in 2021, which is 21 percent more than the year before, the second highest growth rate in the past 20 years. The test took place from 25 to 27 December 2021.
 

Over 80% of tutoring firms quit business
By China Daily, 22 December 2021
More than 80 percent of academic tutoring institutions have closed down or switched to other fields of business due to ongoing efforts to reduce the excessive academic burden on primary and middle school students, the MoE said on 21 December 2021.
 

Draft revision to law ensures parity for vocational grads
By China Daily, 20 December 2021
Vocational school graduates should enjoy equal opportunities in enrollment for higher education, employment and career development as other graduates at the same level, a draft revision of a law said on 20 December 2021.
 

Central, western China to push engineering, agriculture in higher education
By China Daily, 27 December 2021
China will encourage institutions of higher learning in central and western regions to highlight disciplines including engineering, agriculture and medicine, an official with the MoE said on 27 December 2021. Support will be given to universities in the regions in establishing colleges featuring modern industry, future technology, smart agriculture and public health.


Provincial
Ten Beijing based online tutoring agencies receives permit for operation (CHN)
By Caixin, 31 December 2021
According to Caixin, Beijing has issued an operation permit to 10 online tutoring agencies since the Double Reduction Plan was issued in July 2021. Shanghai has issued it to five agencies.


Australia
Hong Kong, Australian universities discover T cells effective to tackle Omicron

By ECNS, 4 January 2022
Research done by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the University of Melbourne has revealed that T cells, one of the body's key defences against COVID-19, are expected to be effective in mounting an immune response against Omicron, the HKUST announced on 3 January 2022. The team anticipated that T cell responses elicited by vaccines and boosters will continue to help protect people against Omicron and other variants.
 

Provinces/SAR
Interest in studying in Australia spikes among Hongkongers after country unveils new pathways to citizenship
By SCMP, 18 December 2021
Under new Australian Government regulations, residents will be able to obtain permanent residency in as little as three years provided they meet requirements.Hongkongers who might have previously chosen Britain for overseas study are now opting for Australia, including older residents pursuing master’s degrees
 

Also of Interest
China Eastern Airlines flight from Australia to China suspended and cancelled (CHN)
by Civil Aviation Administration of China, 11 January 2021
On 10 January 2022, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced that China Eastern Airlines’ MU712 (Sydney – Hangzhou) has triggered “Circuit Breaker”. As a result, MU561/562(Sydney - Shanghai) will be suspended for two weeks starting from 17 January 2022, and MU711/712 (Sydney – Hangzhou, a rewarded route of MU561/562) will be cancelled.


Chinese students in US scramble to get flights home amid travel chaos
By SCMP, 31 December 2021
US flight cancellations because of staff shortages and bad weather have left some stranded. Some are racing to get back home in time for Lunar New Year and risk overstaying their visas.
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Please note that the articles above are summaries of Chinese media (all hyperlinked) and we have not independently verified the accuracy of the information. All views expressed  are those of the media cited and not necessary held by us.

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