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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 
China's higher education enrolment rate reaches 57.8 pct Provincial
Shanghai to ease COVID-19 restrictions in mid-May, test takers to be given priority 
Beijing postpones College English Test -4,6 from May to September (CHN)

Institution
Three major universities quit international rankings Australia
This year’s TEQSA Conference to be held on 23-24 November
Western Australia reveals $41.2m package for international education
 
Also of Interest
Chinese student flows tipped to peak within five years
National 
China's higher education enrolment rate reaches 57.8 pct
By ECNS, 17 May 2022
The gross enrolment rate of China's higher education hit 57.8 percent in 2021, compared with 30 percent in 2012, said the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) on 17 May. According to the MoE, over 44.3 million students are currently studying at higher education institutions in China, and a total of 240 million have received higher education, making China the world's largest higher education system.
 
Xi stresses efforts to intensify exchanges and cooperation in innovation
By China Daily, 23 May 2022
Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed efforts to intensify exchanges and cooperation on innovation, facilitate the integration of science and technology with economic growth, increase sharing of the results of innovation, and remove all barriers that hamper the flow of knowledge, technology, talent, and other factors of innovation in a video address at the 70th anniversary of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Global Trade and Investment Promotion Summit on 18 May.
 

Xi encourages young returned scholars to build up nation's strength
By ECNS, 20 May 2022
In a recent letter replying to 120 young scholars at Nanjing University with overseas study experience, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his hope that they would further align themselves with the goal of serving the nation and the people. He expressed his pleasure that the young scholars have followed the example of late Chinese scientists in returning to the motherland after studying overseas and dedicating themselves to research and teaching.
 

Chinese Ministry of Education reminds Gaokao test-takers to arrive in test location at least two weeks ahead (CHN)
21 May 2022
The MoE has again reminded Gaokao (National College Entrance Exam) test-takers to return to their test-taking location (district/city) at least two weeks before the test in order to conduct 14 days of health assessment to avoid missing out on the exam.
 

More Chinese graduates opt to work in lower-tier cities
By China Daily, 17 May 2022
According to a report by China Youth Daily, Chinese college graduates are opting to work in lower-tier cities to pursue a less stressful and more stable lifestyle. Thirty-five percent of soon-to-be college graduates surveyed said they would prefer to work in second and lower-tier cities, and 32 percent wanted to work in "new first-tier cities" such as Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and Chengdu, Sichuan province. Only 26 percent would prefer to work in first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai, or Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Guangdong province.
 

More jobs for people with disabilities a key govt priority
By China Daily, 16 May 2022
On 15 May, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and the China Disabled Persons' Federation began the nationwide operation of online services for the application for living allowances and subsidies for nursing care of people with disabilities. The federation will also help people with disabilities, including 30,000 college graduates with disabilities, find jobs.
 

First online Confucius Institute established with UK’s Open University (CHN)
By BJD.com.cn, 21 May 2022
The world’s first online Confucius Institute was recently established by Beijing Foreign Languages University and UK’s Open University.

 
Provincial
Shanghai to ease COVID-19 restrictions in mid-May, test takers to be given priority
By ECNS, 13 May 2022
Shanghai is expected to achieve zero COVID beyond areas under closed-loop management in mid-May, and will by then ease COVID-19 restrictions while implementing a tiered management system, local authorities said on 13 May. Students who need to sit for exams, especially the 9th, 11th, and 12th graders in high schools, will be given priority to return to school.
 

Beijing postpones College English Test -4,6 from May to September (CHN)
By News.eol.cn, 16 May 2022
The Beijing Education Examinations Authority said on May 16 that the College English Tests 4 and 6 scheduled for May 21-22 will be postponed to September 3-4.
 

Institution
Three major universities quit international rankings
By University World News, 11 May 2022
Three Chinese universities have withdrawn from international university rankings, according to Chinese media - Renmin University will withdraw from overseas rankings; Nanjing University will no longer see improving its position on international rankings as a priority for development; Lanzhou University has never been ranked in the Times Higher Education Rankings and had only once submitted information to QS World University Rankings.
 
Harrow’s Beijing school loses British name
by The Pie News, 19 May 2022
Harrow Beijing, an international school affiliated with the historic British private school, is changing its name to “Lide” in accordance with Chinese legislation.

 
Australia
This year’s TEQSA Conference to be held on 23-24 November
By TEQSA, 12 May 2022
The TEQSA 2022 Conference will be held on 23-24 November. This year’s event will be hosted in-person at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins with virtual attendance option available.
 

Western Australia reveals $41.2m package for international education
By The Pie News, 16 May 2022
Western Australia announced a $41.2 million package on 12 May to build a pipeline of future onshore international students and re-engage international education agents. This includes two new scholarship programs and a $10 million incentive package to increase awareness of the state’s international education.

 
Also of Interest
Chinese agents “optimistic” after Covid impact
By The Pie News, 20 May 2022
“Most” study travel agencies in China describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as “under control” despite a drop in enrolments as a result of the pandemic, according to new BONARD research. With 439 active agencies surveyed, it was found that 97% were still actively promoting higher ed in their product lines in tier 1 cities – and, for the most part, are promoting the UK over the US. Short-term programs are only promoted at 34% of establishments, and 29% promote K-12 pathways. 
 

Students miss academic start dates due to UK visa delays
By The Pie News, 19 May 2022
Some international students are missing the start of their academic courses and shorter-term work-and-study placements in the UK, due to visa processing delays which are damaging the industry, stakeholders say. In March, the UK government announced that “applications for study, work, and family visas may take longer to process” as it is prioritising visas for arriving Ukrainians.

 
Chinese student flows tipped to peak within five years
By Times Higher Education, 18 May 2022
The number of Chinese students pursuing degrees abroad will likely “peak within five years, and then enter a track of stagnation or even slight decline”, a study says. The authors predict that higher geopolitical tensions and strategies to contain the pandemic will further stall the recovery of the outflow of students. And all of this is compounded by the shrinking tertiary population and the declining willingness to go abroad.

 
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