China Policy Institute Blog

Party-State Reemerges Through Education in Taiwan

Written by Ketty Chen. “Stop Colonial Assimilation Education! Give us back our curriculum!” on an early morning late last week, members of aboriginal rights groups and organizations gathered outside of Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and chanted slogan in protest. Geography professor Tibusungu Vayayana (汪明輝) of the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), said angrily that …

English learning and reform of the Gaokao

Written by Shuai Zhao. It is possible that 2013 will be remembered as the beginning of a fundamental shift in the way China views the English language. The decision, publicized in October, by Beijing’s education authorities to reduce the weighting of English in the annual college admissions test, the gaokao, provoked a predictably fierce debate over …

Chinese students: Breaking down “small circles” for better integration in the host country

Written by Bin Wu. With respect to the social life of international students in the UK and other western countries, a common scenario for students from mainland China (hereafter Chinese students) is for them to study and live together, resulting in so many small and closed “circles” with little time or opportunity to engage with …

Decline of Primary Schools in Rural China: Causes and Consequences

By Wenjin Long. “Half of rural primary schools have disappeared between 2000 and 2010 and such a trend is still an ongoing process”, says Twenty-first Century Education Research Institution [resource link here], a NGO based in Beijing. The rapid decline of primary schools in rural China draws our attention to the reasons behind the decline …

What role can university students play in fostering the integration of the Chinese and local communities? Observations from an Open Space Workshop held 1st November 2012

By Samuel Beatson. As a PhD student focusing on the Chinese financial markets, I was curious and attended an Open-Space Workshop last Thursday 1st November with the theme: Promoting and practising global citizenship in Chinese society. I guess a majority of more than 100 student attendants shared a similar feeling to me. They had been …

China’s business schools must contribute more to the needs of industry

By Mike Bastin. China’s higher education system, and its business education in particular, continue to produce record enrolment figures. However, the report challenges the quality of the education provided, especially at China’s business schools. Worryingly, the report points to a clear disconnection between education content and business needs. It is this apparent yawning gap between the country’s …

Chinese language teaching in U.K schools – a yawning gap between rhetoric and reality

By Mike Bastin. Currently, there are only one-hundred Chinese language teachers across the whole of the United Kingdom (U.K), a pitifully low figure. Yet, it was only in the autumn of 2010 when the British Government announced publicly a new partnership withChinato train one-thousand Mandarin teachers for secondary schools. Even though the British are notorious …

An 18-Year-Old Doctoral Student Admitted at Nottingham Ningbo under Media Spotlight

By Cong Cao. A feature in the Qianjiang Evening News, a Chinese newspaper in Zhejiang, has caught my eyes: On February 28, the University of Nottingham at Ningbo admitted Feng Yang, an 18-year-old self-educated Chinese, into its doctoral program in education after an on campus interview. It is not unprecedented that universities worldwide admit young …