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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 spending on education hits 5 trln yuan in 2020
Academic standards raised for teachers in draft amendment
1.4 million people sit China's civil servant exam
China’s leading academies get 194 new members


Provinces/SARs
Mainland universities see growing number of HK applicants
University of Macau launches first Doctor of Public Administration program
Hong Kong leader calls on teachers to instil traditional Chinese values in students


Australia
Return of student visa holders paused until 15 December


Institution
­­­­China approves first doctoral degree program in quantum science

Also of interest
China's birth rate fell below 1 percent in 2020, marking new low in 43 years
Teaching Chinese to overseas students could be the new direction of online education (CHN)
New Zealand: International students will not return until end of April
National
China's spending on education hits 5 trln yuan in 2020
By ECNS, 30 November 2021
China's spending on education totaled 5.3 trillion yuan (1.06 trillion AUD) in 2020, up 5.69 percent from the previous year, the Ministry of Education (MoE) said on 30 November. Fiscal spending on the sector grew 7.15 percent year on year to around 4.3 trillion yuan (860 billion AUD) in 2020, said the ministry, noting that the amount was 4.22 percent of China's GDP in the year. China's fiscal spending on education had accounted for no less than 4 percent of GDP for nine consecutive years.
 

Academic standards raised for teachers in draft amendment
By China Daily, 29 November 2021
According to the draft amendment of the Teacher's Law, which was released by the MoE on 29 November and is soliciting public opinion through to 20 December, China is expected to raise the academic background threshold for teachers - academic requirements for primary school teachers have been raised from secondary vocational school degrees to bachelor's degrees. For middle school teachers, the requirement was raised from high vocational school degrees to bachelor's degrees.
 

1.4 million people sit China's civil servant exam
By SHINE, 28 November 2021
More than 1.42 million people sat a unified written exam across China on 28 November to compete for 31,200 civil servant vacancies with the central authorities and their branches, the State Administration of Civil Service said. The data indicated that one in 46 examinees could become a civil servant.
 

China’s leading academies get 194 new members
By China Daily, 18 November 2021
A total of 194 new academicians were named on 18 November by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The Chinese Science Academy added 25 foreign members from 11 countries; the Chinese Academy of Engineering welcomed 20 new members from overseas this year.
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Provinces/SARs
Mainland universities see growing number of HK applicants
By China Daily, 19 November 2021
The number of Hong Kong secondary school graduates applying for Chinese mainland higher education institutions has increased for five consecutive years. This year, 4,783 HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination) students filed applications to mainland Chinese universities, up by 9.2% compared to the previous year.
 

University of Macau launches first Doctor of Public Administration program
By China Daily, 18 November 2021
The University of Macau has launched a Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program, the nation's first DPA program with Chinese as the language of instruction.


Hong Kong leader calls on teachers to instil traditional Chinese values in students
By SCMP, 25 November 2021
The Hong Kong government and the education sector were partly responsible for young people’s lack of understanding about the city’s constitutional status and should focus more on improving students’ moral values, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on 24 November in a lecture to the teaching profession.
 

Australia
Return of student visa holders paused until 15 December
By Study Australia, 30 November 2021
The return of fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, including students, to Australia has been paused until 15 December 2021 to enable further information to be gathered on the new COVID-19 Omicron variant. According to the previous plan, once the border reopens, fully vaccinated student visa holders will be able to come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. 
 

Institution
­­­­China approves first doctoral degree program in quantum science
By China Daily, 29 November 2021
The University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei has been authorized to award doctorates in quantum science and technology, the country's first doctoral program in this field. Hefei is home to over 20 quantum technology enterprises and achieved an output value of some 430 million yuan (about 86 million AUD) in 2020.
 

Also of interest
China's birth rate fell below 1 percent in 2020, marking new low in 43 years
By Global Times, 20 November 2021
China’s birth rate in 2020 was recorded as 8.52 per thousand people, breaking a new low since 1978, according to the recently published data by the National Bureau of Statistics. The data also notes that natural growth rate of the population accounts for 1.45 per thousand, also a new low in 43 years.
 

Teaching Chinese to overseas students could be the new direction of online education (CHN)
By Jiemodui, 29 November 2021
Since the announcement of the Double Reduction Plan, several off-campus online tutoring agencies in China have announced to change their business model by offering online Chinese language education to overseas students, the majority of which are children from families with Chinese origin.
 

New Zealand: International students will not return until end of April
By University World News, 26 November 2021
The country’s government has announced that vaccinated foreigners will be allowed into the country without a mandatory stay in a quarantine facility from 30 April next year. Education New Zealand, the government body responsible for marketing New Zealand as an education destination, said international student numbers had fallen from 115,000 in 2019 to 70,000 last year and an even lower figure this year.
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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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