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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
Chinese Education Minister: China committed to enhancing education opening up and educational exchange

New law sets parents' role in children's upbringing
China to provide more government scholarships to foreign students to study vocational education in China
Local governments report on progress of Double Reduction Plan (CHN)
China considers raising teacher qualification requirements
China launches campaign to promote first aid training in schools

Province/SAR
IELTS, TOFEL, GRE canceled for Beijing due to COVID-19 outbreak

Shanghai launches pilot project to accelerate development of science
Hong Kong universities must also hold weekly flag-raising ceremonies, education chief reveals

Also of interest
New campus of NYU Shanghai to complete construction next spring
National
Chinese Education Minister: China committed to enhancing education opening up and educational exchange

By China Daily, 25 October 2021
China is committed to enhancing the opening-up of high-level education and to strengthening educational exchanges and cooperation with countries around the world, said Chinese Minister for Education Huai Jinpeng at the China Annual Conference for International Education and Expo in Beijing on 22 October. He added that China will continue to support students wishing to go abroad to study while improving the quality of international education in China.

 
New law sets parents' role in children's upbringing

By China Daily, 25 October 2021
The Law on Family Education Promotion, which will take effect on 1 January 2022 stipulates that parents and guardians should carefully apportion time for minors to study, rest, play and engage in physical exercise. The law places responsibility for overseeing family education on parents and guardians, while the state, schools and society provide guidance, support and other services to that end.
 

China to provide more government scholarships to foreign students to study vocational education in China
By China Daily, 28 October 2021
According to a high-level guideline published on 12 October, China will give more government scholarships in vocational education to international students as part of broader efforts to bolster international exchange in the sector. The government will also encourage vocational schools to step up cooperation on academic research, setting standards, and personnel exchanges with high-caliber institutions abroad.

 
Local governments report on progress of Double Reduction Plan (CHN)

By Caixin, 26 October 2021
The Chinese Ministry of Education(MoE) has recently showcased the progress of provincial level governments on implementing the Double Reduction Plan. Beijing, for example has cut down after-school training institutions by 60% and issued fines totaling 15 million RMB (3 million AUD). Shanghai has reduced after-school training organisations at compulsory education level by 22%, around 35,000 people working in after-school training have left the industry.
 

China considers raising teacher qualification requirements
By China Daily, 21 October 2021
China is considering raising the standard of qualifications required for teachers in a proposed revision to the Teachers Law, said Minister Huai. The draft revision proposes establishing a system of salary distribution according to work and performance and improving the award and discipline system for teachers. Ethics are highlighted as the most important criteria for assessing teachers according to the draft.
 

China launches campaign to promote first aid training in schools
By China Daily, 20 October 2021
The MoE has launched a campaign to boost first aid knowledge and training among school-age adolescents. The campaign will be initially piloted in 150 senior high schools and universities, focusing on disseminating knowledge of campus first aid, equipping schools with first aid facilities and conducting first aid training.
 

Province/SAR
IELTS, TOFEL, GRE canceled for Beijing due to COVID-19 outbreak

by Global Times, 28 October 2021
The MoE has advised on 28 October that due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing, all overseas examinations including TOEFL, IELTS and GRE tests scheduled to be held in Beijing will be temporarily cancelled. TOEFL, IELTS and GRE tests schedule between 30 October and 30 November will be cancelled.
 

Shanghai launches pilot project to accelerate development of science
By English.gov.au, 22 October 2021
According to a guideline released by the Shanghai Municipal Government on 19 October, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Shanghai branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fudan University have become the first basic research institutes to be included in a pilot program initiated by the Shanghai government to accelerate the city's development into a world-class science and technology center.
 

Hong Kong universities must also hold weekly flag-raising ceremonies, education chief reveals
By SCMP, 18 October 2021
Tertiary institutions will have to fly national flag every day during term time and hold a ceremony at least once a week in line with guidelines earlier issued to schools on 11 October.
 

Also of interest
New campus of NYU Shanghai to complete construction next spring
By China Daily, 27 October 2021
The new campus of Shanghai New York University (NYU Shanghai, located in Pudong District is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022. The new campus will serve as an academic center of the university, with a capacity for approximately 4,000 students.
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