Education Talking Points | 01/11/2016


In today’s talking points: China increases its academic influence worldwide; Research institutions help China to tackle its economic issues; G08 opens Chinese-based graduate jobs portal; China and EU look to create an education Silk Road


China increases its academic influence worldwide

87 Chinese universities were ranked in the TOP 1,000 research universities, according to US News & World Report Rankings. The ranking is well known as “largest, most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide”. China, with the current amount of its universities ranked in the list, showed significant gains compare to the previous edition, in which the country had 57 universities included. This improvement made China the second best country worldwide in terms of a number of research institutions, following the US with 210 included into the list. Robert Mose, chief data strategist at US News, said that by subject:” China is increasing its academic influence in the engineering and computer science fields”. Among Australian and New Zealand universities, the top five were all Australian, led by the University of Melbourne, followed by the University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Monash University, Australian National University and University of New South Wales tied on fifth place. Harvard University leads the overall ranking.

Read more at University World News

Research institutions help China to tackle its economic issues

The Shanghai Institute of Finance is to strengthen its efforts in providing effective solutions to China’s economic issues. According to Chun Chang, executive dean and professor of finance at SAIF, his institution will continue to develop top talent for the financial industry and generating cutting-edge knowledge in financial theory and applications. SAIF was established in 2009, in this year’s Financial Times’ annual ranking of the best Master in Finance programmes worldwide, the institution was ranked 2nd in Asia and 28th in the world. “China’s financial and economic issues are unique. It takes both local insights and international perspective to tackle them. That’s what SAIF tried to do – we study Chinese issues using an international perspective and this allows us to be in a leading position with well-rounded strengths in the finance community,” Chang said. Research China’s economy has been a hot topic in the academic world, however, the dean of SAIF noted that there is also a shortage of theories and studies to support the government’s decision makers.

Read more at China Daily

G08 opens Chinese-based graduate jobs portal

The Group of Eight in partnership with China-Australia Chamber of Commerce has launched an online Chinese-based job portal to help returning graduates gain employment. The portal gives graduates the opportunity to upload their CV onto the portal and gives them access to major Australian employers looking to recruit talents such as Telstra, Commonwealth Bank, KPMG Global and Macquarie Bank. There were 272,000 international student enrolments in Australian universities last year of which more than half were Chinese.

Read more at The Australian

China and EU look to create an education Silk Road
Chinese and EU education ministers have been in discussion over building a joint ‘education Silk Road towards the future’. The meeting held in Beijing last week addressed issues such as student exchanges, mutual recognition of degrees and further cooperation between universities and enterprises. Ahead of the meeting, China signed agreements on the mutual recognition of degrees with EU member states such as UK, France and Germany. According to official statistics, more than 303,000 Chinese students were students in the EU in 2015, a 7.5% increase from the previous year.
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