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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. 
National
China to improve employment benefits for technical school graduates
China reiterates crackdown on advertising off-campus tutoring
Domestic service majors are encouraged to be established in vocational colleges (CHN)
Increasing number of Africans preferring to study in China
China to include screening for depression in student health checks


Institution
Jin Li appointed president of Fudan University

Provinces/SAR
Dozens of Hong Kong schools hit by falling enrolment
National University System of Taiwan pools resources from 11 schools


Also of interest
Westminster School scraps plans for linked institutions in China
Chinese student gunned down on Chicago street
China warns a rise in “harassment and interrogations” of Chinese students in the United States
Opinion piece: The case for understanding China through education
National
China to improve employment benefits for technical school graduates
By China Daily, 11 November 2021
China will improve employment benefits for technical school graduates in the 2021-2025 period, according to a five-year plan published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. As of the end of 2020, China had 2,423 technical schools, with 3.95 million students enrolled.
 
China reiterates crackdown on advertising off-campus tutoring
By China Daily, 10 November 2021
Chinese authorities have issued a notice on regulating the advertisement of off-campus tutoring on 9 November. Local governments are asked to launch special campaigns to eliminate all off-campus tutoring advertisements. Mainstream media outlets and their affiliated new-media, as well as internet platform companies and outdoor advertising operators are asked to conduct self-checks and rectify any misconducts.
 
Domestic service majors are encouraged to be established in vocational colleges (CHN)
by jiemodui, 5 November 2021
On November 6, a three-year action plan (2021-2023) on improving domestic service for the country was announced by fifteen key Chinese government entities, including the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Education (MoE). The statement encourages vocational institutions to create relevant majors and expand enrolment quota for such majors.
 
Increasing number of Africans preferring to study in China
By China Daily, 10 November 2021
According to the MoE, more than 81,000 African students were studying in China in 2018, accounting for 16.5 percent of the international students in the country. There were 49,792 African students in China in 2015 and 61,594 in 2016.
 
China to include screening for depression in student health checks
By ECNS, 10 November 2021
In response to a proposal made at the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China announced on 9 November that the country will include screening for depression in student health checks amid efforts to prevent depression among teenagers.
 

Institution
Jin Li appointed president of Fudan University
By English.gov, 12 November 2021
The State Council, China's cabinet, announced the appointment and removal of officials on Nov 12. Jin Li was appointed president of Fudan University, replacing Xu Ningsheng.
 

Provinces/SAR
Dozens of Hong Kong schools hit by falling enrolment
By SCMP, 10 November 2021
Dozens of Hong Kong primary and secondary schools face closure as a result of falling enrolment, a situation made worse by the departure of about 40,000 families who emigrated over the past year, according to the head of the city’s biggest pro-establishment education group.
 
National University System of Taiwan pools resources from 11 schools
By Taiwannews, 8 November 2021
The 11-school National University System of Taiwan (NUST) held its opening ceremony on 8 November. The alliance aims to become a major force in promoting Taiwan’s national “bilingual by 2030” goal as well as deepening exchanges and collaboration with relevant industries. The establishment of NUST is also partly a solution to the student enrollment difficulties some universities face, as the number of new students has consistently dropped in the past years.
 

Also of interest
Westminster School scraps plans for linked institutions in China
By FT, 3 November 2021
Westminster School from UK has scrapped plans to develop a series of academies in China, including six bilingual establishments, in the face of a growing clampdown by the Chinese authorities.
 
Chinese student gunned down on Chicago street
By SCMP, 12 November 2021
A 24-year-old Chinese graduate was shot in the chest and died on 9 November close to his home in the quiet neighbourhood of Hyde Park in Chicago. Exactly 10 months ago, just a five-minute’s drive from where Zheng was shot, another Chinese student from the University of Chicago was killed.
 
China warns a rise in “harassment and interrogations” of Chinese students in the United States
By SCMP, 3 November 2021
In a notice issued on 2 November, The MoE said that the US Customs and Border Protection had launched a campaign in August that stepped-up scrutiny of Chinese studying in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in the country. The issue noted that many students on a F1 student visas had been harassed, interrogated and deported without a valid reason or charge, and that some who got deported had their electronic devices checked and confiscated. The Ministry therefore reminds Chinese students who are studying in the United States to be aware of safety and pay attention to potential risks.
 
Opinion piece: The case for understanding China through education
By Asialink, 5 October 2021
Hamish Curry, the Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation at Asialink shares his view on the role that education plays in the Australia-China relationship.
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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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