Education Talking Points | 21/10/2016


In today’s talking points: Greater efforts to alleviate poverty in China through education; Pay when you graduate – education model that may work for students; China is top 3 by paper citations, AustCham creates a new online platform for Chinese returnees

Greater efforts to alleviate poverty in China through education

Eradication of poverty through education has become a priority in the Chinese government. Measures to promote balanced compulsory education, bridge the education gap between urban and rural areas, improve education infrastructure, etc., are included in the white paper. Between 2012 and 2015, the central government injected more than 100 billion RMB in rebuilding schools and dormitory buildings in remote rural areas. The white paper also indicated China to reinforce poverty relief efforts through developing industries with local features, resettling impoverished population, improving medical security and supporting employment and entrepreneurship.

Read more at: The Global Times

Pay when you graduate – education model that may work for students 

Stories of dodgy education providers ripping off students in signing them up to courses they would never complete, saddling them with mountains of debt – triggered consumer activist Adam Brimo to come up with an idea, to launch the ‘free to learn, pay to certify’ model, and the course design is crucial in relying on ‘peer to peer community interaction’. Brimo argues that the model guarantees quality learning, where ‘the learner knows exactly what they’re going to be charged if they seek accreditation, and gives them the opportunity to try before paying it’, Christine Warrington, director of Hunter TAFE Institute asserts.

Read more at: Sydney Morning Herald

China is in TOP 3 by paper citations

According to the Statistical Data of Chinese S&T Papers’ report, China has become third globally in the number of cited academic papers, pushing China ahead of Germany. For the past decade, 16,900 papers were published by Chinese researchers. Citations of Chinese papers in a subset of eight research fields ranked second in the world, including agriculture, chemistry, computer science, engineering, material science, mathematics, physics and pharmaceuticals. Li Renhan, an official of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said the report illustrates China’s present level of scientific research, and the development trend in science and technology both in China and abroad. The Statistical Data of Chinese S&T Papers released annually since 1987 by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China.

Read more at: China Daily

AustCham creates a new online platform for Chinese returnees

AustCham will be creating a new online recruitment platform, The official launch will take place on October, 27 in Beijing at Four Seasons Hotel. In Chinese, “AoZhou” means Australia and “HaiGui” refers to Chinese graduates of foreign universities who return to China to work. Aozhouhaigui is an innovative HR portal connecting high quality, bilingual graduates exclusively from the Group of Eight (“G08” – Australia’s eight leading research universities) universities with a network of over 50,000+leading employers in China, comprising of member companies from AustCham Beijing, South China, West China, Bohai and the China Chamber of International Commerce. On, graduates simply create a profile, list qualifications and select their employment preferences. Companies can search for candidates that meet their personnel requirements and initiate a conversation about job opportunities. The platform is free to use for G08 graduates and students, as well as CCOIC and AustCham member companies.

Read more at: AustCham Beijing