WENR, December 2017: Asia-Pacific

China: Education Company Buys School in Florida in First of Its Kind Deal

The China-based Newopen Group, which operates three universities and a network of primary and secondary schools in China, has purchased the Florida Preparatory Academy in Melbourne, a community near Orlando. The move is in line with increased focus among Chinese parents among preparing an ever-younger cadre of students to obtain admission to colleges and universities in the U.S.

Florida Today [1]
December 11

East Asia: The Fourth Industrial Revolution Looms

The World Bank’s Harry Parinos says that huge improvements in reading, technology partnerships, and a focus on educator performance are among the factors that are setting East Asia in a good position for a radical shift in the economic landscape.

Harry Patrinos [2]
December 11

Australia: Technical and Further Education Crisis Affects International Education

South Australia’s Technical and Further Education program, which attracts substantial numbers of international students,  has recently come under scrutiny, and that worries the government as international education is the state’s second largest export.

The Advertiser [3]
December 11

New Zealand: International Students Need Support to Reduce Reverse Culture Shock

Readjusting to the culture of their home country is causing mental well-being issues for many international students. Preparing students for their return will improve outcomes.

The PIE News [4]
December 11

China: Direct Contact With Applicants Can Thwart Unscrupulous Agents

The information gap between Chinese students and international universities is often compounded by the unscrupulous practices of agents.

Inside Higher Ed [5]
December 10

China: Shift Towards Basic Research Aimed at Entrepreneurial Goals

China is seeking to build on university research to establish 1,000 business incubators in China, and another 50 in neighbouring countries by 2021. The initiative is part of a shift in focus from short-term and applied goals to more long-term and strategic research in field such as data science, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity.

Times Higher Education [6]
December 8

China: Duke Provides ‘Western-style’ Liberal Arts Education

A look at Duke University’s new undergraduate program in Kunshan, China.

University World News [7]
December 8

Asia-Pacific: 2017’s Top 20 Business Schools 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai and Ceibs, both located in Shanghai, top the Asia-Pacific List, with schools in Singapore, Ahmedabad, and Hong Kong rounding out the top five.

Financial Times [8]
December 3