Education Talking Points | 20/12/2017

In today’s talking points: Enterprises encouraged to cooperate with educational institutions; Mutual recognition of international education by China; Australian universities continue to lobby against government budget cuts

Enterprises encouraged to cooperate with educational institutions

China is now allowing the cooperation between vocational schools and higher educational institutions to further integrate businesses with education. According to the guideline issued by the State Council, China is moving to make administration and criteria more transparent for the streamlining of enterprises to integrate with schools. In effect, enterprises are to recruit more students as interns, with enterprises acting as the main body to promote the innovation and transforming research of industrial technology.

Read more at: Xinhua


Mutual recognition of international education by China

Agreements with 47 countries and regions worldwide call for mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees as of the end of 2016, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE). High-level cultural and people-to-people exchange programs have also been launched recently, creating greater ties in international education between China and countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and more. China has been specifically focussed on growing cooperation in international education with over 188 countries and regions over the past five years, said the MOE.

Read more at: Xinhua


Australian universities continue to lobby against government budget cuts

Universities Australia, lobbying for Australian tertiary institutions, have maintained their stance against funding cuts to higher education. In a submission ahead of the 2018-19 federal budget, Australian universities have called for the government to ‘reconsider the returns on investment in a strong, vibrant university and research system.’  The industry association considers education access as an ‘inoculation’ against ‘political dislocation.’ Cuts to higher education funding were to be at 2.5% with a 7.5% increase in tuition fees in the 2017-18 budget although these changes failed in the senate. The Australian government is said to be reconsidering such cuts for the coming financial year.

Read more at: Times Higher Education