Uploaded on Nov 30, 2011
http://beyond-the-political-spectrum.... A recent NBC Nightly News piece about how Shanghai, China school students outperformed the rest of the world's students, including Americans
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Even though both Cantonese and Mandarin uses the same standard Chinese script the two languages are still mutually unintelligible and very have many different aspects to it. Find out more in this video!
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Just found out I can upload more that 15 min, this the combined version of the Chinese education reform series and some timing and Typo fixes.
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With all this hoopla about education in China generated by the PISA exam, tiger mothers, sputnik moment etc. Here is a documentary news report that will tell you what China is thinking about talking about it's own education system.
the very first part of the video focus on stop math Olympics used for middle school entrance, rest of the video is about reform rural schools. Which Chengdu is setup as experiential area. (In broad sense, Chengdu is also an experiential area to urban-rural integration as wellhttp://magazine.caijing.com.cn/2011-0...)
The program was produced by CCTV, subtitle is made by me. CCTV is supported by Chinese Government, which is supported by the 17% VAT I pay every time I go back for a visit. This video is made for education purposes and it is to inform people to get a better understanding of China. If you are CCTV and want this video to be taken down, just PM me. But just remember, I doing the same kind of, and perhaps better service as your CCTV-9 and ICN. Also I paid taxes to support you.
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We are a dedicated higher education research, analysis and advisory firm, based on-the-ground in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Our editorial team tracks key trends in China’s growing education sector to help higher education institutions make informed decisions. Our marketing team provides integrated marketing and brand building strategies and implementation services for universities looking to build their presence in China.
With a strong focus on international collaborations and student recruitment, we provide access to research, analysis, news, interviews, infographics, benchmarking and best-practice advice from our highly-specialized staff, as well as our China-wide network of higher education industry professionals.
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China Higher Education has a readership base of more than 10,000, with readers located across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
UK universities will need vision, agility, leadership and commitment to attract Chinese students Photograph: Murdo Macleod Murdo Macleod/Murdo Macleod
It is evident to me having spent a lot of time in China that for the majority of UK universities, their overarching brand positioning is irrelevant to the Chinese market. The differentiating factors, all relevant in the UK, are invalid and misunderstood by the students they seek to attract as well as the agents that represent them in the marketplace.
Chinese students have two main influencers when researching UK universities; the league tables, most specifically a university's performance in a particular subject area, and word of mouth. Note that US universities have been building their reputations in Asia for around 10 years longer than those in the UK, which means they benefit more from this type of exposure.
Watching Chinese students search the web is interesting in itself. Starting normally with Chinese search engine Baidu, they invariably look for a "top UK university" in a particular subject, not a specific place and not your establishment. The websites they are most likely referred to are those of agents where there is very little discrimination between the offer of one establishment and another.
Even if potential students find you, say on your website, the brand positioning and associated messages you have worked hard to develop in the context of the UK market constitute an unfocused proposition in China.
For a university site aimed at the Chinese market to be effective, it has to be selective in its choice of featured people, places, products and performance. The rationale for including facts and accompanying messages around these categories must be evidence based – best, or better, than the rest– as well as wrapped and presented in a culturally-nuanced layer of understanding.
Unless you are Oxford, Cambridge or the LSE, or you already have a regional physical presence in China like the University of Nottingham, hard editorial decisions need to be made which will require vision, agility, leadership and commitment.
Promote only your best products
If you are consistently highly rated in a particular subject, use this as your springboard. Do not however, assume that your existing undergraduate programme in a certain subject is desirable in China. You may have to tweak it for the market. A simple example is to ensure that a required/featured module in any programme aimed at China is Business and/or Management as these subjects are highly valued. If you can add into this supporting information about a number of star Chinese alumni, or lecturers, then so much the better.
International recruitment relies on everyone
In order to present yourself to the market you will have to enlist or at least understand the relevant content and resources available across your organisation. The international office needs to liaise with, and have the authority to expect help from, your alumni, communications and student services departments as well as the academic research and teaching community.
Be present on Chinese digital channels
In order to bypass the agents' websites and ensure your tailored messages are presented correctly, it is necessary to have a presence on Chinese digital channels. To do this you will need to recruit Chinese partners to set up a domain for you as well as intervene, monitor the buzz and seed social media channels such as Weibo. This also cements your partnership with agents as any microsite you might develop will ensure they fully understand your proposition, how to articulate it and how to engage with you.
Understand your target region
Commitment is crucial in building your reputation, so it is essential that you understand your targeted region and develop a business plan for its development. Do the sums: costs and benefits. Such a plan should not rely solely on digital, since as we said there is little substitute in the minds of the potential Chinese student for a word of mouth recommendation. Get your star lecturers over to the region you are aiming at, build existing relationships with Chinese academics, encourage staff and student exchanges.
This may all seem obvious, but the key to its success is to do it properly. It is to move from the traditional sales approach to a marketing approach that drives sales. A Chinese version of your UK website will not have the same effect as one crafted for the market. Sending your international staff on recruitment trips to HE fairs across China, although important, will not result in a reputational upsurge. Most importantly, trying to sell everything to all of China will not mean your brand is recognised, or respected.
In order to be effective UK institutions need to be selective in their choice of market and their proposition to that market. Only once that reputation is built, will UK institutions be in a position to leverage it more widely, and across more of their core disciplines.
Peking University HSBC Business School, founded in 2004, was named Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS) in August of 2008. PHBS seeks to not only build on its parent institution's inspiring traditions, but also to develop its own world-class reputation.
Located in the thriving entrepreneurial city of Shenzhen and immediately adjacent to the financial hub of Hong Kong, the business school lies at the very heart of one of the world's most promising metropolitan areas. Few other regions in China offer a more suitable setting for an institution destined to become this country's foremost graduate business school.
Presently, PHBS, in cooperation with Hong Kong University, offers two dual master's degrees (Economics and Finance, Management and Finance), as well as doctoral degrees. In addition, the school currently offers a wide range of executive development programs (EDP).
The excellence of faculty is central to any great university. Currently PHBS’s 38 full-time professors all have earned their PhD degrees at top tier universities. This core faculty is supplemented by over 45 professors from Hong Kong University and the Beijing campus of Peking University, who regularly visit the Shenzhen campus. Acknowledging the importance of English in today's business world, most classes are taught in English.
PHBS has eight research centers. The research center covers a wide spectrum of research fields related to economics, management and finance. A few typical centers include but are not limited to the China Center for Financial research, the Center for Real Estate, the Risk Management and Insurance Research Center, the Small and Medium Enterprises Research Center, and the Doer’s Group Research Center.
Universities in Shanghai
Shanghai is the buzzing epicenter of the new, young China. The sharpest minds in business, economics and finance are now coming from, and studying in, the largest city in China. While Beijing represents to many the old ways of old China, studying abroad at a university in Shanghai can put you smack in center of one of the great study aboad communities in the world.
Study in Shanghai at Fudan University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
One of the best research universities in Asia or the world, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been teach Chinese and foreign students for over 120 years. Despite being one of the most prestigious and revered universities in China, one in every ten undergraduates in an international student.
Shanghai Jiao Tong is especially recommended for science students, because SJTU releases its annual ranking of World Universities based on their empirical research faculties and abilities. Chinese history and Mandarin are also very strong, as SJTU has been the standard bearer of higher education in Shanghai for over a century.
Another of the most prestigious traditional universities in all of China,Fudan University has been accepting international students since the 1950s - one of the first in China to do so. Today, Fudan University enrolls the second-most international student in the country, and offers one of the best intensive Mandarin programs in the city.
Fudan also has several campuses around the city which makes finding classes near your residence easier. At last ranking, Fudan was named in the top 100 universities worldwide and in the top five in China, so if you want to sharpen up your Mandarin at a world-class university, Fudan might be the place for you.
Universities in Beijing
The capital of the largest nation on Earth, Beijing is an ancient city rich with history, that is coping with the growing pains of becoming an economic superpower in the twenty-first century. Excellent programs in Mandarin abound in the capital, and several world-class universities tower above the rest as giants of the academic world.
Study in Beijing at Peking University
Tsinghua University is the best of the best of Chinese universities. Alma mater of Nobel laureates and China's last two presidents, Tsinghua has the second-ranked MBA program in the whole world. Those looking to pad their resume in business or in business Mandarin should check out what Tsinghua - and the Tsinghua name - can do for them.
Peking University in Beijing is the oldest national university in China, and home to over two thousand international students. Peking University has established partnerships with Cornell University, Stanford University, and Yale University, with faculty from the latter even teaching some classes in Beijing. Peking University offers some of the most progressive thought fostered anywhere in academic China, so sociology and government students have a unique chance to peek inside the mind of modern Beijing, from a more open-minded viewpoint.
Other Universities in China
Guangxi Normal University (Guilin)
Guangxi Normal Univeristy (or GXNU) in Guilin is one of the best Teaching universities in the nation. Located in the breathtaking Li River valley, American students who want to both learn Mandarin, and hone their chops teaching English (or other subjects) internationally, should check out GXNU as an off-the-beaten path destination for a top-notch academic experience, without all the madness of the megacities.
Go Overseas suggests: CLI at Guangxi Normal University
Sichuan University (Chengdu)
Sichuan University in Chengdu is located in the capital city of the Sichuan Province. Tracing its origins all the way back to 141 BC, Sichuan University is a fantastic choice for international students looking to experience a little deeper, traditionally Chinese study abroad. Deep in the forested interior of China, Sichuan University has a number of exchange and partnership programs to attract international students away from the bigger cities.
Go Overseas suggests: GlobaLinks at Sichuan University
University of Hong Kong
No list of Chinese universities would be complete without an entry from the island city of Hong Kong. The University of Hong Kong is oldest university in the city, and its student enrollment is comprised of almost one-quarter international students. If you want the life-affirming jolt of living in the most exciting city in Southeast Asia, the University of Hong Kong is a western-oriented and well-respected option. Founded when Hong Kong was controlled by the British, the university combines British academic sensibilities with a modern Hong Kong environs.
Go Overseas suggests: Direct enrollment at the University of Hong Kong
Parties sign Memorandum of Understanding to co-finance infrastructure projects
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China (Eximbank) today agreed to boost their cooperation and co-finance projects in regions where the EBRD invests.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Taipei by EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and Chairman of Eximbank Robert Rueen-Fong Chu today, the parties agreed to “promote projects that support sustainable economic infrastructure development from central Europe to central Asia and in the southern and eastern Mediterranean.”
According to the MoU, the two organisations will explore opportunities to work together in sectors such as power and renewable energy, natural resources, transport, infrastructure, telecommunications and information technology.
Signing the document, President Chakrabarti said: “I am pleased to sign this MoU with Eximbank today. It provides a framework for important cooperation and exchange of information, in order to undertake joint investments in economically sustainable projects by Taiwanese companies in the countries where the EBRD operates.”
Chairman Rueen-Fong Chu added: “In the current challenging global environment our cooperation with the EBRD, which invests in more than 30 countries, will certainly facilitate export and import transactions between the clients of our two banks and will boost the bilateral trade between our country, Europe and the wider region.”
Established in 1979 to facilitate Taiwanese export and import trade, Eximbank is a publicly-owned bank. It offers a variety of medium and long-term import/export loans, guarantees, and export credit insurance products to help firms expand their exports and overseas investments, promote international cooperation and sustain economic development.
The EBRD, an international financial institution owned by 64 countries, the European Union and the European Investment Bank, invests in more than 30 countries from central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. With an emphasis on working with the private sector, the Bank invests in projects, engages in policy dialogue and provides technical advice to foster innovation and build sustainable and open-market economies.
Published on Jun 4, 2013
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new doors for free online learning that lends itself well to ICT-related subjects. Meanwhile, employers seek candidates with relevant web skills. The Supply and Demand of MOOCs Infographic shows what skills are most in demand and what MOOCs are available that teach those skills, based on the results of a study conducted by the European Commission.
Top skills employers are looking for:
- Web and app design
- Domain-specific skills
- Programming languages
Top skills students want to learn:
- Web design
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Published on May 6, 2013
http://www.worldbank.org/china - Every year in China more than 11 million students enroll for technical or vocational education. But at technical and vocational schools across China, curriculums and training methods are often outdates and can barely keep pace with market needs. A World Bank-funded project is helping three schools to meet those challenges.
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The number of Chinese students going abroad for higher education continues to grow at a rapid rate. As the government continues to widen students' access to its higher education sector, Chinese graduates have quadrupled in six years. And last year, the number of Chinese students and scholars attending foreign universities or research institutes rose 20 percent to 284,700.
But many Chinese students emerge from higher education with limited understanding and experience of wider society. Independent and critical thinking is unfamiliar territory for a majority of Chinese students, hindering their ability to gain a thorough understanding of China's economic, social and political challenges.
The onus is on China's own education system to prepare the next generation of Chinese students for life after learning, but universities in Western societies must also play their part in meeting the needs of Chinese overseas students who face intense competition for employment once they return home.
At present, these needs are largely ignored. Universities in the West must pay more attention to providing the Chinese students they recruit with opportunities to play active roles in an unfamiliar society and gain valuable work experience. This cannot be achieved unless the links between the universities and community are enhanced so that students have more opportunities for voluntary work, for internships and for employment during the period of their academic study abroad.
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