Category Archives: China

Duke Names Senior Leadership for Its Campus in China

Duke University has appointed Liu Jingnan, former president of Wuhan University, to be  chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, and Mary Brown Bullock, former president of Agnes Scott College, to be the institution’s executive vice chancellor. Pending final “establishment” approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, operations at the 200-acre campus are expected to start during the 2013-14 academic year. While some Duke professors have voiced concerns about the project, several programs in bus…

Hong Kong Students Protest Plan to Teach Chinese ‘National Education’ in Schools

Thousands of students, teachers, and activists are protesting in Hong Kong against a proposal to include Chinese “moral and national education” in the territory’s schools, reports The Washington Post. The new curriculum has been criticized as an attempt at brainwashing by China’s Communist Party. It would be taught at elementary and secondary schools, but university students are a vocal part of the demonstrations, which have occupied a city plaza and include at least 10 people on hunger strikes….

Peking U. Sues Former Faculty Member for Libel

Peking University is suing a former economics professor, saying he committed libel by making claims about a sex scandal at the college on a Twitter-like social-media service, reports China Daily. The university says its reputation was damaged last month when Zou Hengfu accused deans and other leaders at the institution of sexually harassing female staff at a campus cafe. Mr. Zou, who now works at the World Bank, has said he was exaggerating to attract attention to the general problem of harassme…

Accreditor Raises Concerns About Kean U.’s Campus in China

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has asked Kean University to provide additional information about its new Chinese campus, raising questions about whether the overseas program will be accredited, reports The Star-Ledger, in Newark, N.J.

The agency said Kean had not sought approval of the campus, a step that is required for any “substantive change” in an accredited university. The university said it could wait to do so until the foreign campus is more established.

The accreditor’s…

Professor in China Is Dismissed for Stealing Academic Identity of Yale Faculty Member

A professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology has been dismissed for assuming the academic identity of Yun Jun, an assistant professor at Yale University, reports China Daily. The Beijing academic, whose name is similar to his Yale counterpart, claimed credit for seven articles published in various journals, including Nature, by the Yale scholar, among other fraudulent credentials. Posing as Mr. Yun, he also was a candidate for an award from a prestigious government program that p…

Foreign-Student Applications to Hong Kong Universities Rise

Universities in Hong Kong experienced big increases in applications from foreign students for the 2012-13 academic year, reports The New York Times. The University of Hong Kong had a 42-percent increase compared with the previous academic year; the Chinese University of Hong Kong, nearly 50 percent; and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 55 percent. Hong Kong, long a destination for international students, has sought to burnish its educational reputation by revamping its univers…

Canadian Complaint Raises Questions About Confucius Institutes

A former language teacher at a Confucius Institute based at McMaster University filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario last month that says the university “is giving legitimization to discrimination,” reports The Globe and Mail. The teacher, Sonia Zhao, is a Chinese national who moved to Canada two years ago to work at the institute. After a year, she quit and claimed refugee status in Canada. Ms. Zhao claims that while at the institute, she was forced to hide her membership…

Chinese Diplomats Urge Resolution to Visa Issue Involving Confucius Institute Teachers

China’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that its officials are in talks with their American counterparts to resolve a flap over visas for teachers at Confucius Institutes based at universities in the United States, reports The Wall Street Journal. “We hope it doesn’t affect the development of the Confucius Institute project,” Hong Lei, a spokesman for the ministry, said about the matter during a daily press briefing. The news that Chinese-language schoolteachers affiliated with university-based C…

New University Seeks to Reform Chinese Higher Education

The South University of Science and Technology of China aims to be a pioneer in Chinese higher education, but must deal with an entrenched bureaucracy to achieve its goals, reports Nature. It took several years for the university, in Shenzhen, to receive the approval of the Ministry of Education. The university plans to decrease administrative responsibilities for professors so they can focus on teaching and research and wants to play down the national entrance exam in admissions. The latter mov…

‘New York University’ Is Added to China’s List of Banned Internet Search Terms

China’s Internet censors have added “New York University” to their list of blocked search terms, reports China Digital Times. Last week, NYU’s law school offered the blind civil-rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng a visiting-scholar position. Previously, Mr. Chen had taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after escaping from house arrest. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused American officials of interfering in China’s domestic affairs. NYU’s offer helped solved the diplomatic impasse. On …