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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 adopts revised vocational education law
Xi calls for blazing new path to develop China's world-class universities
Xi replies to letter from university professors on talent cultivation for steel industry
Law on Physical Culture and Sports submitted for second reading
International cooperation sought on archaeology
China pushes to get more talented teachers in rural areas

Institutional
Nanjing University announce not to set international university rankings as development goal (CHN)
Three international schools in Beijing change names (CHN)

Also of interest
MFA travel risk rating marks Australia as low-risk (CHN)
Chinese Academy of Sciences drops huge research database
National
China adopts revised vocational education law

By China Daily, 20 April 2022
On 20 April, China’s top legislature adopted the third revision draft of the Vocational Education Law at a session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee. The revision stipulates that vocational education enjoys the same importance as general education and issues measures to promote the high-quality development of vocational education. The revised law will take effect on May 1.

 
Xi calls for blazing new path to develop China's world-class universities

By Xinhua, 26 April 2022
During a visit to Renmin University of China in Beijing on 25 April, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for blazing a new path to build world-class universities with Chinese characteristics. Xi stressed following the Party's leadership and passing down revolutionary traditions in running universities. He also said China's universities should be deeply rooted in China and avoid simply copying foreign standards and models.
 

Xi replies to letter from university professors on talent cultivation for steel industry
By SHINE, 22 April 2022
Chinese President Xi Jinping replied to a letter on 21 April from senior professors at the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). In his letter, Xi called for educating more high-caliber talent to advance the innovative, green and low-carbon development of the steel industry. The USTB was previously known as Beijing Institute of Iron and Steel Technology.
 

Law on Physical Culture and Sports submitted for second reading
By China Daily, 20 April 2022
The draft revision of China's Law on Physical Culture and Sports has been submitted to the ongoing session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, China's top legislature, for a second reading. The draft said that schools should provide enough physical exercise as required in the national curriculum and physical education classes should not make way for other academic subjects. It also stipulates that schools should be equipped with sufficient facilities and qualified PE teachers.
 

International cooperation sought on archaeology
By English.gov.cn, 25 April 2022
Enhanced efforts will be made in China to encourage international cooperation in archaeology, and national-level plans for joint research are being drafted, the National Cultural Heritage Administration announced on April 22 through a general blueprint centered on archaeological development during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25). The plan said that the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative and countries with key ancient civilisations will be priority partners.

 
China pushes to get more talented teachers in rural areas

By China Daily, 15 April 2022
China will encourage more experienced and talented teachers and principals in urban areas to teach at rural schools to bridge the current imbalance in education resources between the two, according to a new guideline released by the Chinese authority on 14 April. Teachers who want to rise to the level of a senior professional teacher are required to teach at rural or less-developed schools for more than a year, and those who have more than three years of teaching experience at such schools will be favored in becoming school principals, the guideline said.
 

Institutional
Nanjing University announce not to set international university rankings as development goal (CHN)

By ScienceNet.cn, 26 April 2022
Nanjing University announced in a recent document that international rankings will no longer be a key development goal for the university. This follows Renmin University's announcement that it will no longer provide data to any international university rankings after 2022, and Lanzhou University's announcement that it will no longer participate in the Times Higher Education University World Ranking from 2021.
 

Three international schools in Beijing change names (CHN)
By Sina.com, 25 April 2022
Harrow Beijing recently announced that it has changed its name from Harrow Beijing to LIDE on all official documents since 18 April 2022 due to China’s education policy announced in 2021 that no longer allows private license schools in China to be named using the proprietary name of a foreign education institution. This follows recent announcements of name changing for Tsinghua University High School International (to Beijing Chaoyang Qingsen School (in Chinese)) and Beijing Haidian International School (to Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Teng Fei School (In Chinese)).
 

Also of interest
MFA travel risk rating marks Australia as low-risk (CHN)

By MFA.gov.cn, 18 April 2022
On 18 April, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released its travel risk-rating for countries around the world. It categorizes countries/regions into four levels – Red (do not travel to), Orange (exercise a high degree of caution), Yellow (pay close attention to local conditions and exercise increased caution), and Blue (low risk). Countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia are marked Blue, and the U.S. and UK are marked Yellow.
 

Chinese Academy of Sciences drops huge research database
By University World News, 20 April 2022
The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ subscription to China’s giant research publishing database China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) has been suspended, with the academy citing high subscription fees and “extremely harsh” subscription conditions as the reason.
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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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