Project 211 (Chinese: 211工程; pinyin: 211 gōngchéng) is a project of National Key Universities and colleges initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, with the intent of raising the research standards of high-level universities and cultivating strategies for socio-economic development. During the first phase of the project, from 1996 to 2000, approximately US$2.2 billion was distributed.
China today has more than 1,700 standard institutions of higher education, with about 6 percent of them being 211 Project institutions (having met certain scientific, technical, and human resources standards and offer advanced degree programs). 211 Project schools take on the responsibility of training four-fifths of doctoral students, two-thirds of graduate students, half of students from abroad and one-third of undergraduates. They offer 85% of the state's key subjects, hold 96 percent of the state's key laboratories, and utilize 70% of scientific research funding.
The name for the project comes from an abbreviation of the 21st century and 100 (approximately participating universities).
Spanish bank offers scholarships at three mainland universities
Banco Santander, the largest bank in the eurozone, is collaborating with three Chinese universities - Tsinghua, Renmin and Fudan - on an international research and training scholarship programme for professors and students. Through the bank's Santander Universities Global Division, the scholarships will support international research, Spanish language study and professional practices, which will allow outstanding students at Tsinghua to work with Banco Santander or any of its units. Visit www.santander.com/universidades for more information.
Get tickets for private equity talk
Tickets are still available for next week's private equity seminar hosted jointly by Classified Post and Kornerstone. Industry veteran and president of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association K.O. Chia will be the main speaker at the event and will discuss the all-important role private equity plays in the modern economy. April 20, 2pm-5.30pm. 15/F Hong Kong Club Building, Central. HK$1,170. Contact Classified Post for reservations by phone at 2565 2426 or online at www.classifiedpost.com/pe.
HKU launches media courses
This week marks the start of the University of Hong Kong's 2011 series of media academy courses. The courses cover everything from video editing to photography, to the fundamentals of business and financial coverage. Among the professionals who will be sharing their knowledge and skills are Masato Kajimoto, Diane Stormont, Rob McBride, Nancy Tong, Michael Coyne, Barry Kalb and Jeffrey Timmermans. May 6-July 22. For registration and further details, visit bit.ly/f8ELzn.