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Science, Technology and Education News from China - Newsletter
China is the largest developing country in the world. Its rapid economic development has put great pressure on its natural resources and environment. The central government does show its important dedication to positive solutions. Switzerland, with its great reputation in environment protection in the world, is active in helping China on the environmental challenges with financing project and technology transfer. Besides, China is an attractive market for Swiss companies with environmental technology.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2003 between the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the Swiss Government aims to strengthen scientific and technological co-operation between China and Switzerland. On the other hand, Switzerland fully participates in the EU' Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) for Research and Development, which provides a new platform for joint research between the two countries in life science, public health, cell biology, nano-materials, fuel cell, etc.

The section of "Environment & Science" of the Swiss Embassy webpage provides useful information on the Swiss Mixed Credit solution for environment protection equipment and services from Switzerland, historical projects financed by the Swiss government, as well as useful links and information on environment in China and Switzerland. As far as Science & Technology in concerned, it provides information on joint research projects and financing solutions as well as useful links and information on science & technology in China and Switzerland.

The newsletter is a press clips for environment and research in China. It also lists recent events and exhibitions related to environment and science in China.

 

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N°122  August 2014 8 p.  285 kb
 

The story of the month covers the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ complete reform of its structures. In science, the world's deepest underground lab was launched by Tsinghua University and Yalong River Hydropower Development Company; a new network will be initiated to monitor the quality of China groundwater; China is preparing to launch an experimental recoverable moon orbiter; Tianhe-1A, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, is serving in the construction of new "smart cities"; China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided to restrict research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. In education, The Chinese Academy of Sciences decided to provide more funding support to foreign researchers; Jiangsu Province announced to increase scholarships for overseas students.

 

   
N°121  July 2014 8 p.  193 kb
 

The Story of the Month focuses on the first group of bachelor students admitted to the prestigious University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. In education, public discussions how wealth gap is dividing college entrance exam's future. South China University of Science and Technology, or China's first autonomous university issues diplomas to its first two graduates who both plan to continue their study abroad. In science and technology, China's smartphone leader Xiaomi announces its first wearable device. China plans to build its own super collider. China plans to launch HD observation satellite later this year.

 

   
N°120  June 2014 8 p.  195 kb
 

The Story of the Month focuses on China's strategic plan for vocational education development. Also in education this month, the national college entrance examination takes place; state media published editorial to address questions and doubts over Confucius Institutes. In science and technology, China invests heavily on protein research; China eyes to become high-tech exporter; China looks to “hack-proof” quantum communications in the post-snowden era.

 

   
N°119  May 2014 9 p.  214 kb
 

The story of the month features Chinese government's new policy to encourage university student entrepreneurship. In science and technology, the Swiss government's venture lab program will bring 10 Swiss technology start-ups to China for business development. Stem Cell research in China raises ethical questions. After Xiaomi, another local innovative smart phone Smartisan has been announced. China's online payment giant Alibaba will move into healthcare sector. In education, Peking University announces prestigious international master program. China's leading private education company to offer online courses.

 

   
N°118  April 2014 8 p.  195 kb
 

The Story of the Month presents the recent launch of a new MOOC platform in China and the plan to develop MOOC-based degree programs in Shanghai. In education, the Melbourne and Tsinghua University are about to establish a virtual campus. Universities begin new recruitment system as part of the education reform in China. In science and technology, China has issued its first space activity assessment report. China is to develop Linux-based OS system after Windows XP shutdown. In health, China's healthcare reform poses risks and opportunities for foreign firms.

 

   
N°117  March 2014 9 p.  199 kb
 

The Story of the Month presents the recently announced reform in vocational education in China which highlights the upcoming establishment of university of applied sciences. Also in education, Chinese University of Hong Kong's plan to establish a campus in Shenzhen is approved by the Ministry of Education. Renmin University opens China's first public diplomacy research center. CCDI inspection team started residence inspection at Fudan University. In science and technology, Agriculture Minister announced China's GMO approach. China overtakes Japan to top the Nature Public Index ranking. In innovation, mobile phone payment as an innovative approach in finance sector is being cracked down by the finance authorities.

 

   
N°116  February 2014 10 p.  223 kb
 

The Story of the Month presents an overview of the domestic platforms for massive online open courses MOOCs in China. In science and technology, China's Lunar Rover wakes up after experiencing malfunctions. China is said to launch a 5 year study into the West Pacific Ocean System, aiming at strengthening ocean research. More than 50 science and technology officials in Guangdong province arrested for corruption. In education, Gorge Washington University abandons its potential plan to build campus in China.

 

   
N°115  January 2014 10 p.  265 kb
 

The Story of the Month presents Beijing's new policies for technology transfer in universities. In education, China's first “bureaucracy-free” university, the South China University of Science and Technology, got a former police chief as Party Secretary. Statistics found that fewer students from rural area had access to top universities in China. Experts explained reasons behind Shanghai children's outstanding performance in PISA tests. In science and innovation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences establishes 5 centers of excellence. China tops Europe in R&D intensity in 2013. Chinese internet users switched from Weibo to Wechat.

 

   
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