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UK universities accused of overreliance on fees from Chinese students

Britain’s universities rely too heavily on tuition fees from Chinese students, according to a Conservative-backed thinktank that wants the government to replace them with increased funding for domestic students taking “high value” degrees. The report by Onward, a thinktank supported by Tory MPs and donors, claims there are “well-founded fears” that China’s Communist party and…

Coronavirus: UK universities problem quarantine cautioning to Chinese trainees

British universities have warned students considering travelling home to China to celebrate Chinese new year that they risk being quarantined on their return. The University of Chester said it had warned its Chinese students in the UK that if they returned to their homeland they may not be readmitted without a suitable quarantine period. Universities…

UK universities concern health cautions over travel to China

UK universities with links to China have issued warnings to staff and students travelling to and from areas affected by the coronavirus, urging anyone with symptoms to seek medical advice. With concern growing about the spread of the virus, universities in the UK are keeping a check on staff who have recently returned from Wuhan,…

China dismisses claims of disturbance in Australia as ‘absolutely nothing however...

The Chinese government has dismissed allegations of espionage in Australia – including plans to install a pro-Beijing plant in parliament – as “nothing but lies”, insisting “China doesn’t interfere in other countries’ internal affairs”. But the denials came as a new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute warned the Chinese Communist party is using…

Hong Kong trainees boycott classes as Chinese media alerts ‘end is...

Thousands of students in Hong Kong have boycotted the first day of the new term in a fresh wave of protests, after a tense weekend of violent clashes between police and demonstrators. On Monday, university and secondary students marked the end of their summer break by skipping classes and holding rallies to call on the…

Take the cash and run: how Australian universities pull down their...

What would you expect to find when walking into a classroom at a top Australian university that prides itself on cultural diversity? Ideally, you would hope to see eager faces, hear assorted accents rippling across the room, and feel the hum of students huddled in campfire circles deep in discussion. Having recently completed a postgraduate…

Jerome Ch’ en obituary

The early life of the historian Jerome Ch’en, who has died aged 99, ran in parallel with the upheavals in modern China that he went on to document. Once dynastic rule collapsed after 1911, the warlord period (1916-28) was followed by the Japanese invasion (1931-45) and the civil war. By the end of the civil…

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