Project 985

Students face shortage of places on mainland

Only about half the mainland universities that accept local students exam-free are expected to have places left for the last round of enrolments starting today.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

Second academic sacked for fraud

A second university professor has been sacked within a week for falsifying his academic credentials amid mounting public cynicism over the higher-education system.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Low-key gatherings to remember the dead

A small group of mourners visited the site of the fatal Wenzhou high-speed-train crash yesterday - the first anniversary of the tragedy - but no official commemorations were held.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. under fire as diplomats pull no punches

Top Chinese diplomats have lambasted the US for undermining Beijing's interests and making strategic mistakes in the Sino-US relationship, accusing Washington of meddling in China's domestic affairs and stirring up worries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and senior diplomat Pang Hanzhao warned of thorny problems facing bilateral ties.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rights lawyers push enrolment policy reform

Eight human rights lawyers have urged the Ministry of Education to abolish discriminatory enrolment policies at elite universities which put students from some impoverished and populous regions at a great disadvantage.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Shaky foundations

In a second-floor office in the archi-tecture department of the mainland's most prestigious university, Professor Xu Weiguo sits contemplating the changes that have occurred since he enrolled here, in the first year that classes were resumed following the Cultural Revolution.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Yale of Shanghai

A formerly cash-strapped private college in Shanghai has become the mainland's first liberal arts college, aiming to nurture talent who can think out of the box.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fashion lovers flock to courtyard for designs fresh from Paris

Paris Fashion Week may be over, but the spirit lives on at K11, the 'art shopping mall' in Kowloon. K11's new promotion, Paris, Bonjour!, began with much fanfare as hordes of fashion lovers crowded its outdoor courtyard to get a peek at Chinese designer Xiao Yu.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

5,000 eye mainland

About 5,000 Hong Kong students have applied to top mainland universities, including Tsinghua and Fudan, since February 20. Applications end today.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Censorship official to be dean of journalism

A ministerial-level official in charge of media censorship has been appointed as dean of one of the most prestigious journalism schools on the mainland, prompting concerns that journalism classes will become more subject to Communist Party control.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Politics is corroding Chinese love of learning

China has an old saying: nothing is as important as reading. This gives the impression that China as a nation loves knowledge and study. But, last year, a survey by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication found that Chinese read on average just over four books a year. That's far fewer than South Koreans (11 books), the French (20), the Japanese (40) and Israelis (64).

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Chemistry song has winning formula, despite lyrics

A song about chemistry, with lyrics by the president of Peking University, became one of the most downloaded tunes on the mainland this week - a first for a song about science.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Reversing the talent drain

Prominent economist Professor Li Daokui has been appointed to a top position in the mainland's 'Silicon Valley', a move viewed as part of the government's efforts to encourage top overseas-educated talent to return home.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Graduates refuse to move on

After graduation, most university students are busy with their work and seldom return to their alma mater. Yet some remain on or near campus and are reluctant to leave.

They are the so-called campus lingerers - students who have graduated but refuse to move on.

It is estimated that there are about 100,000 campus-lingerers on the mainland.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rural students find college out of reach

From a rural boy born and bred in an impoverished town in Chongqing to a postgraduate medical student at the prestigious Peking University, Luo Dasheng best exemplifies how lives can be transformed through hard work at school.

Luo, 24, is in his second year of a three-year master's programme in public health administration.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am