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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°133  July 2015 9 p. 227 kb
 

The story of the month covers Shanghai's grand plan to become a global innovation hub. In education, Tsinghua University works with Washington University to launch Global Innovation Exchange. China and Germany partner in the field of vocational education. In research, Alibaba and CAS will join efforts in quantum computing. CAST will play a bigger role in research management. Hebei city looks to become the robotic hub in China. Chinese researchers look to build their own collider.

 

   
N°132  June 2015 9 p. 320 kb
 

The story of the month covers Chinese government pays high attention to the cultivation of innovation and career – creating talents. In science and technology, China and Europe announce joint satellite mission. China's big biotech bet starting to pay off. Breeders in China have discovered the secret for creating rice varieties. In education, The Chinese Ministry of Education is calling for more foreign universities to accept the Chinese gaokao exam. University Teachers encouraged launching start-ups. China's vocational institutions train 130 million graduates. In health, Chinese scientists claim to have found a way to change the genetic make-up of a popular type of rice, which could require less fertilizer and thus help the environment.

 

   
N°131  May 2015 8 p.  384 kb
 

The story of the month covers “Made in China 2025” plan, which is designed to transform China from a manufacturing giant into a world manufacturing power. In science and technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Genetic Resources R&D Center holds groundbreaking. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will launch a new project to attract and support urgently needed talents in worldwide. Shanghai approved a draft plan for building the city into a technological innovation center. Chinese scientists are planning to launch a dark matter probe satellite by the end of 2015. In education, More than 30 measures will be introduced by the Ministry of Education to support students starting their own businesses, and for innovation in scientific and academic research. Chinese colleges face recruitment crisis. In health, China steps up pollution control.

 

   
N°130  April 2015 8 p.  299 kb
 

The story of the month covers Ministry of Science and Technology of China carried out a survey to understand the demands of China's scientific researchers for large research infrastructure and equipment. In science and technology, China's agricultural authority is set to conduct more comprehensive assessments of hybrid rice varieties. Chinese Academy of Sciences starts an investigation on the interaction mechanism between groundwater resource exploitation and regional climate . China's satellite navigation system expands coverage globally by 2020. Researchers gathering in Beijing aim to speed up biological databases. China mulls inland nuclear power plants. In education, The Ministry of Education in China is creating an online information management system for transnational education partnerships . The online education in China is booming.

 

   
N°129  March 2015 9 p.  315 kb
 

The Story of the month covers the Chinese government's decision to stop authorizing or funding science and technology projects directly. In science and technology, China made observation data from the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) available to scientists worldwide as China aims to be a leader of innovation. In education, there is a detailed report of Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiatives to launch for the “One Belt and One Road" scholarship. The annual APAIE conference was held in Beijing in March and China's higher education sector is expected to see similar dramatic growth. Reform of the national college entrance exam became one of the most heated topics in China. In health, Public satisfaction with and confidence in the country's food safety has dropped compared with 2014. The Ministry of Environmental Protection reveals PM2.5 sources.

 

   
N°128  February 2015 9 p.  296 kb
 

The story of the month covers the Ministry of Education (MOE) has published its key points of work in 2015. In science and technology, China completed its first high level biosafety laboratory. China is setting up genetically modified organism (GMO) study, supervision and education. China's Ministry of Science and Technology released a new plan that to have 5 million “new energy” (mostly electric) cars by 2020. Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other institutions are developing a technique which makes it possible to obtain diagnostic, three-dimensional images in real time. A national innovation zone opened in the Binhai New Area industrial park in Tianjin China. In education, the number of Chinese overseas students is keeping increase. In health, a documentary on air pollution of China aroused heated discussion.

 

   
N°127  January 2015 8 p.  315 kb
 

The story of the month covers Ministry of Science and Technology announced a key reform in China's research landscape. In science and technology, China plans to build smog-dispersing labs around Beijing. The central government of China aims to streamline administration of scientific programs and encourage innovation. China is seeking to boost its soft power by developing “a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics”. Chinese scientists construct first Mycobacterium Tuberculosis proteome microarray. Europe and China are planning a joint robotic space mission for launch in 2021. The State Council, China's cabinet, issued guidance on development of cloud computing. Critics pounce on China's top science prize 2014. In education, a survey conducted by Ministry of Education demonstrates that science graduates earn most in China.

 

   
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