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UC Berkeley, Tsinghua Uni new joint institute

The University of California, Berkeley and Tsinghua University have signed an agreement with Shenzhen’s municipal government to launch a joint research institute based in Tsinghua’s South China campus focusing on nanotechnology and nanomedicine, low-carbon and new energy technologies, and data science.

Vericant secures funding to move into HE

Beijing-based admission video interview service Vericant has secured funding from venture capital firm Shunwei Capital. The undisclosed amount will be used to expand business partnerships in to the higher education sector after several years operating in the boarding school industry.

Sea change in Chinese education system to focus on VET

China has recently released a six-year Modern Vocational Education Development Strategy in a bid to raise the profile of vocational education and fill skills gaps in a job market. The shift in focus to vocational education translates into collaborative opportunities with international educators and industry.

China: MoE issues guide for overseas study tours

China's Ministry of Education has released new guidelines for primary and secondary school overseas study tours after Chinese parents have voiced concerns that the safety of students is being overlooked. The trips have also gained a reputation of providing too much sightseeing and not enough studying the ministry has said.