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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. 
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Policy Update from DESE

China updates list of terminated joint projects and extends support to students impacted by the pandemic through Chinese-Foreign joint ventures
 

National
China to establish pilot zones for basic education reform
China issues new guideline to promote high quality development of vocational education
Guideline urges colleges to place more emphasis on teaching entrepreneurship
China to Promote the Building of Child Friendly Cities
Expert suggests tutoring crackdown to extend to university entrance exam prep
China sees marked increase in students receiving special education
Over 17 percent of children, adolescents suffer from mental disorders in China: survey
 

Province/SAR
Beijing starts to prioritize public housing for families with more than 2 children
Henan to raise proportion of score for sports in senior high school entrance exam (CHN)
Taiwan Centers for Mandarin Learning open across US


Also of interest
IELTS to launch new online test in early 2022
XDF and other major players in after-school tutoring responds to Double Reduction (CHN)
Host university of the Harvard Beijing Academy makes representations to program director over 'false accusations'
Policy Update from DESE
China updates list of terminated joint projects and extends support to students impacted by the pandemic through Chinese-Foreign joint ventures
By Education and Research Section, Australian Embassy China, 17 September 2021
The Education and Research Section at the Australian Embassy in China has published a policy update to help stakeholders understand the two announcements made in August 2021 by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE). The announcements related to the recent update of the list of terminated Chinese-Foreign education joint ventures and the continuation of support for the temporary measures for Chinese students who cannot travel abroad for studies due to the pandemic. To find previous policy updates
published by the Section, click here.


National
China to establish pilot zones for basic education reform
By Xinhua, 18 October 2021
China will establish pilot zones for comprehensive reform of basic education in 12 provincial-level regions, said the MoE on 18 October. The building of the pilot zones in the designated regions, including Shanghai, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hebei and Fujian, will be focused on advancing high-quality development of education, which entails major tasks such as easing the academic burden on students undergoing compulsory education, said the ministry.
 

China issues new guideline to promote high quality development of vocational education
By Caixin Global, 15 October 2021
China’s top leadership has issued a guideline to promote “high-quality” development of vocational education, with the goal of expanding the share of vocational college enrolment to at least 10% of the total enrolment of higher education institutions by 2025. Experts suggest that this could lead to an increase in the number of vocational colleges across China. Caixin estimates at least 100 vocational colleges will need to be established in the next few years to meet the target.
 

Guideline urges colleges to place more emphasis on teaching entrepreneurship
By China daily, 14 October 2021
China will provide greater policy support for college students pursuing careers in innovation and entrepreneurship, according to a new guideline issued by the Chinese State Council on 12 October. Colleges are tasked with placing greater emphasis on teaching entrepreneurship and innovation and should hire more qualified external professionals to serve as mentors.
 

China to Promote the Building of Child Friendly Cities
By LexisCN, 15 October 2021
China’s National Development and Reform Commission and other departments have recently issued a document asking cities across China to become more “children friendly”. This includes encouraging and supporting public and private organisations to provide inclusive childcare and infant care services.
 

Expert suggests tutoring crackdown to extend to university entrance exam prep
By University World News, 6 October 2021
According to a professor at East China Normal University’s Institute of Curriculum and Instruction, high school students preparing for the gaokao will be subject to new regulations on out-of-school tutoring in the coming weeks. She pointed to a line in the document that says the management of after-school tutoring for high school students “shall be implemented in accordance with the relevant provisions of this regulatory policy”.
 

China sees marked increase in students receiving special education
By China Daily, 3 October 2021
The number of students receiving special education has grown significantly in China over recent years, with the figure doubling from 440,000 in 2015 to 880,000 in 2020, according to statistics released by the MoE. The enrolment rate of students with disability in compulsory education has reached over 95%.
 

Over 17 percent of children, adolescents suffer from mental disorders in China: survey
By Global Times, 10 October 2021
A nine-year epidemiological survey that surveyed 73,000 children and adolescents shows about 17.5 percent of this age group in China suffer from mental disorders. Experts said many patients have missed the optimal treatment period due to a lack of knowledge of mental health and a sense of shame of their patients and family members.
 

Province/SAR
Beijing starts to prioritize public housing for families with more than 2 children
By Global Times, 11 October 2021
Beijing's Chaoyang district has become the first in Beijing to prioritize public housing for families with more than two children. The move aims to boost the latest policy of raising the birth rate. Reports show that there are nearly 3,000 households with more than two underaged children. According to the August notice, those families can be directly assigned with public housing without registering or being put on a waitlist. 
 

Henan to raise proportion of score for sports in senior high school entrance exam (CHN)
By JYB, 18 October 2021
Henan has recently announced that from 2024, the province will raise the maximum score for “sports” in senior high school entrance exam from 70 to 100.
 

Taiwan Centers for Mandarin Learning open across US
By Taiwan News, 3 September 2021
Taiwan’s Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Minister arrived in the U.S. in late August to attend the opening ceremonies for Taiwan Centers for Mandarin Learning across major cities in the country. The centers seek to “promote mandarin with Taiwanese characteristics overseas” by working with “compatriot schools”, and are often compared to Mainland China’s Confucius Institute.
 

Also of interest
IELTS to launch new online test in early 2022
By ICEF Monitor, 6 October 2021
IELTS will launch IELTS Online in early 2022 to give students the ability to take the test at their home or other suitable location and obtain test results faster. The new online test will be delivered through a purpose-built platform loaded with security features to ensure test integrity. Institutions can book into webinars beginning this month to get more information about IELTS Online.
 

XDF and other major players in after-school tutoring responds to Double Reduction (CHN)
By Caixin, 15 October 2021
On 13 October, XDF announced to dispatch its tutoring service for primary and junior high school and set up nonacademic training servicing branch for K9, in response to the Governments recent announcement to limit after-school tutoring for Chinese students at compulsory education level. 
 

Host university of the Harvard Beijing Academy makes representations to program director over 'false accusations'
By Global Times, 15 October 2021
The Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) said on 14 October that it has made representations to the director of a Chinese language program at Harvard University, after she claimed the unwelcoming environment in BLCU was the reason why the program was moved from the host institution to Taipei, Taiwan. 
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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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