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N°102  December 2012 8 p.  152 kb

This month's newsletter features China's home-developed GPS system—Beidou/Compass Navigation System which is now officially available for commercial use. In education, all provinces in China released plans to allow children of migrant workers to take college entrance examination at the city of their current residence. Education fairs in China see an increasing number of less well-known U.S. universities looking for less qualified Chinese students. In science and technology, the longest high-speed railway linking Beijing with Guangzhou has been launched. A new legislation in China officially legalizes on-line post deletion. Chinese Telecommunication giant Huawei will soon open research center in Finland. In health, officials involved in the scandal of testing genetically modified rice on Chinese pupils have been sacked, investigation still on-going.


N°101  November 2012 7 p.  133 kb

This month's newsletter features the newly the first office from a top-ranking academic journal in China. In science and technology, China's Tianhe falls to the 8th in latest supercomputer ranking; Local auto brand BYD offers financing incentive to promote electric taxis; China moves ahead to open applicants took part in the civil servant exam in search for stable go seen reduced opportunities for young foreigners seeking jobs in China. In health, China's ambitious plan for shale-gas development raises environment concerns


N°100  October 2012 8 p.  145 kb

This month's newsletter features Chinese State Council's new guideline on science and technology management reform. In education, the public is concerned about education quality as the number of postgraduate students doubled in 10 years. Two new universities were unveiled in Shanghai, including Shanghai New York University, the first China-US joint venture university and Shanghai Technology University, a partnership between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Municipal Government. In science and technology, China's renewable energy industry is experiencing growth bottleneck. A survey in U.S. tried to underline the characteristics in the migration of scientists. In health, mainland students in Taiwan are to be covered by Taiwan health care system.


N° 99  September 2012 9 p.  158 kb

This month's newsletter features a report produced by the Center for China and Globalization on the increasing number of Chinese students who chose to study abroad. In science and technology, the Chinese government unveils new guidelines on science and technology management and talent incentive programs. In education, the Ministry of Education is urging local governments to draft new plan college entrance examination reforms. In health, the genetically modified "golden rice" trail provoked public concern in China. The Ministry of Health is struggling to push forward the healthcare reform as well as to reduce the cost of drugs.


N° 98  August 2012 9 p.  165 kb

This month's newsletter starts with an editorial on the recently released Academic Ranking of World University 2012. In science and technology, a senior scientist revealed China's space research roadmap. A study showed the drastic increase on the number of patent applications in China does not really hinder weak innovation capability. In education, the Chinese Ministry of Education has started the reform of university management in an effort to give universities more lexibility in operations. In health, China has issued food security law in light of the growing national concern on food security. The home developed HIV Vaccine enters second phase of testing on volunteers. 7 anthrax cases have been confirmed in north-eastern China but no fatal case reported.


N° 97  July 2012 9 p.  163 kb

This month's newsletter opens with an analysis of a new guideline released by the Chinese State Council on science and technology, which prioritizes the innovation of the private sector. In education, Yale University cancelled their summer program with Peking University on the ground of low enrolment. The pursuit of academic reputation and career prospects has driven many Chinese to buy fake degrees. University admission sees a lower bar for male than female students, which caused wide controversy. In Science and Technology, China successfully launched another data relay satellite which completed its data relay satellite network. In health, the healthcare reform is expanding nationwide, but not without difficulties and resistance. The health authority is launching the biggest crackdown on antibiotic abuse.


N° 96  June 2012 8 p.  130 kb

China celebrated two scientific breakthroughs space mission and the Jiaolong Submersible's deep sea exploration mission. In science and technology, the Chinese foreign ministry voiced opposition on the air data monitored by other nations. Archaeologists unearthed another 100 terracotta soldiers. The Chinese Academy of Engineering, which is the top government think tank, advised the Chinese government to boost the use of nuclear power. In education, the month of July is marked by the college entrance examination. In health, 311 Chinese county hospitals will pilot in China's public hospital reform.


N° 95  May 2012 9 p.  163 kb

This month's newsletter starts with a summary of the Chinese Ministry of Education's newly launched national campaign to improve the quality of university education. In science and technology this month, Nature China publishes the Nature Publishing Index 2011 China with statistics on China's best performing research institutes. In education, the third nternational Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET was held in Shanghai. Research showed that business schools at BRIC countries are becoming increasingly popular among students from both developing and developed countries. Students registered to take China's college entrance examination reached an all-time low. US Clampdown on visas for Confucius Institutes Teachers triggered worries and anger in China. In health, a student of Fudan University in Shanghai set up an non-interest food safety website which quickly gained extensive popularity in China.


N° 94  April 2012 8 p.  74 kb

This month's newsletter starts with a summary of China's science, education and health ministries' budget for 2012. In science and technology, China eyes to devise even faster high-speed trains in its new 5 year plan for speed train development. The World's first handmade cloned transgenic sheep was born in China. In education, the independent South China University of Science and Technology was finally approved by the Ministry of Education after 2 years of efforts. In Health, a tobacco research going for a national science award becomes a controversy in light of scientists' opposition. The drug industry was plagued by toxic capsules incidents.


N° 93  March 2012 9 p.  85 kb

This month's newsletter opens with an editorial on China's energy research, its priority and current international cooperation status. In science this month, physicists in China's Daya Bay successfully nailed a key neutrino measurement. Chinese Premier's Work of the Government Report confirmed another bumper year for Chinese Science in terms of budget infusion. In Education, Chinese universities are working hard to hire foreign professors and scientists. A 22-year-old bachelor candidate became China's youngest professor.


N° 92  February 2012 9 p.  78 kb

This month's newsletter starts with a discussion on the reason behind the popularity of the dual degree programs in China. In science and technology, China outlined its plans to develop rare-earth based new materials in the 12th Five Year Plan for New Material, the government of Beijing promises to cut air pollution by 15% until 2015. In education, the president of Tsinghua University has been changed. The Dean of the Architecture Department of the China Academy of Art became the first Chinese architect to win Pritzker Architecture Prize. In Health, China plans to ban unauthorized use of genetically modified food. The use of bear bile in traditional Chinese medicine spurs outcry in Chinese public. NGO in China opposes the local HIV Testing Policy for privacy concern.


N° 91  January 2012 9 p.  140 kb

This month's newsletter starts with a summary of China's Space Activity white paper which outlines space priorities in the next 5 years. In science and technology, China joined the Hawaii telescope project with USD 1 billion contribution. U.S. National Science Foundation report shows China's increasing influence in Asian science zone. 5 Chinese scientists received global research awards as an indication of China's efforts to attract overseas Chinese researchers back home-grown technology. China's third generation nuclear reactors to start operation in 2013. China's Sunway BlueLight supercomputer, another home begins operation. In health, the Health Ministry stops unapproved stem cell treatments. In education, Chinese Ministry of Education plans to offer free university education to future vocational school teachers.




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