Education Talking Points | 19/12/2018

In today’s talking point, reports found China continues to promote compulsory education equality, the CAS teams up with Sydney University to boost scientific research collaboration, and Australia-China institution discusses strategy in biomedical research in 2018. 


China continues to promote compulsory education equality

An official said on Thursday that the Ministry of Education (MOE) will continue to promote enrollment equality and enhance the quality of education at schools with weak resources.

The MOE stated that over 98 percent of students from 24 major Chinese cities live in their respective school zones and are enrolled in their nine-year compulsory education — which does not require an entrance exam.

Lyu Yugang, head of the MOE’s basic education department, said over 80 percent of students who migrate with their parents enter public schools while the compulsory education enrollment rate for blind, deaf and mentally-handicapped students has reached 90 percent.

The MOE strictly bans middle and primary schools from organising exams or competitions aiming to selectively recruit students. According to Lyu, a total of 446 people have been punished for such violations.

Sources: Xinhua News


CAS teams up with Sydney university to boost scientific research collaboration

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Science and Development and the University of New South Wales have launched a new partnership aimed at strengthening collaboration in scientific research between China and Australia.

Ian Jacobs, president and vice-chancellor of UNSW, said the partnership is the largest between an Australian university and the institutes.

This new agreement aims to solidify UNSW’s links with China and create research opportunities by combining expertise and knowledge from the two academic institutions with the resources and credibility of Springer Nature.

The annual summit provides a platform for researchers from both countries to discuss innovation, interdisciplinary challenges, and science and economic policy. The inaugural event focused on energy, global health, artificial intelligence and next-generation material.

Pan Jiaofeng, president of the Institutes for Science and Development, said the collaboration will build a solid foundation for Sino-Australian joint research activities. “By pooling together an elite talent pool, the institutes and UNSW will build an advanced international strategy and policy research network to address major issues facing China, Australia and the world.”

Sources: Xinhua News


Australia-China institution discusses strategy in biomedical research

Members from the Australia-China Centre of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ACCTERM) met in Australia to discuss strategy and reaffirm a shared commitment to biomedical research. A strategic discussion meeting was held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) campus, and saw a formal scientific conference take place in Cairns. The meeting included a sharing of achievements by collaborators from the two countries as well as the signing of two new memorandums of understanding.

The Director of ACCTERM Yin Xiao indicated that ACCTERM focuses mostly on two areas – training the next generation of scientists to enter the field, and creating partnerships between scientists and industry to facilitate research being put into practice. Xiao also explained that partnership with companies in both countries are also crucial to the organisation’s goals.

Sources: China Daily