Chinese Education News in April and May



Westlake University is Dream Come True for Academic

 April 3, 2018























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Author: MA Zhenhuan

Source: China Daily

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Westlake University, China's first private university aiming at cultivating high-level talent in advanced technology and scientific research, officially broke ground on April 3, 2018. It was initiated by a team of top Chinese scholars and got official approval by the Ministry of Education in China in February, 2018. Westlake University aims to be the first private doctorate-granting university in China and serves as a forerunner to break China's unbalanced layout of resources in higher education. Shi Yigong, a Princeton University-trained molecular biologist and former vice president of Tsinghua University, has reportedly accepted the offer to be the first president of Westlake University.





College Course in Electronic Games a Hit

April 3, 2018






















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Author: ZOU Shuo

Source: China Daily



Electronic sports and management is a fairly new discipline that has became popular since 2016. An elective course about electronic games recently attracted hundreds of students at Peking University to take. The course aims to introduce issues relating to video game research and development, technology, industry and psychology according to its instructor, Chen Jiang. Chen has also invited game developers and professionals from well-known companies, such as Tencent and NetEase, to show students how to develop and promote games. He hopes to help students gain a better understanding about the industry through this course.





Middle-class Chinese Families Urge Practical Education Policy

March 15, 2018






















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Author: ZHOU Ping

Source: Global Times



In this news, Zhou Ping, a middle-class mother expresses her concerns and decisions about a new primary school enrollment policy in Shanghai. The policy states that every child must choose either a private or public school when making application in the official enrollment system. To families like Zhou’s one, who has owned a xuequfang (school area house), applying to a private school means losing the opportunity to go to the designated public school based on her xuequfang. Zhou’s family finally decided to give up on applying for a private school in order to avoid risks of losing both schools.






Title: Education Vocabulary used in 2018 Report on the Work of the Government

March 6, 2018





















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Author: China Education Press Agency

Source: Ministry of Education



This essay introduces a few hot vocabulary about education used in Report on the Work of the Government, delivered by Li Keqiang (the premier of Chinese State Council) at the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 5, 2018. The hot vocabulary includes large-size classes, external burden for primary students, world-class universities and world-class disciplines, special admission project for rural and poor areas, reform of low-performing schools, compensation improvement for rural teachers, and so on.





Update Concepts, Deepen the Reform, and Adjust the Structure of Higher Education

May 2, 2017






















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Author: CHEN Feng

Source: National Institutes of Educational Policy Research, ECNU



This essay introduces Chen Feng’s takeaways about the outline of the 13th Five-Year Plan for the National Economic and Social Development of the People's Republic of China from the education perspective. Chen Feng serves as the director of the School Planning and Construction Development Center, Chinese Ministry of Education. He is also an adjunct associate professor at East China Normal University. Chen talks about structurally reforming from the supply side, cultivating talents, restructuring of higher education, and developing new ideas in order to deepen the reform.