Reports from the Section of Science, Education and Technology in the Embassy of Switzerland in China

Positioning UAS in Higher Education in China

December 2015

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In a Nutshell

  1. University of Applied Sciences in China is positioned as vocational education at university level, conferring bachelor degree and admitting students on the basis of college entrance examination (gaokao).
  2. Practical skill training, entrepreneurship education, and applied research are the core mandates of universities of applied sciences.
  3. UAS reform is policy-driven rather than market-driven. The provincial government is to play a key role in governing and financing universities of applied sciences.
  4. More analysis of opportunities and risks for Switzerland in page 4.

Situation Analysis: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in China

February 2014

China is MOOCifying just like the western world. In 2013, two major MOOC platforms, Cousera and edX, partnered up with Chinese universities to offer their course online. This can be regarded as a breakthrough for MOOCs in China. This report will give you a comprehensive overview about the current development of MOOCs in China, the major platforms as well as its challenges and opportunities in the future. Read it here (PDF, 64KB).

China Moving Towards Dual Track Education System, Establishing University of Applied Sciences

April 2014

Chinese Ministry of Education announced an upcoming education system reform which places vocational education at its heart. A dual track education system based on separate entrance test & admission system to tertiary level education will be established for students to decide at the age of 16. Transitional options are offered at both upper secondary level and at the tertiary level. Also, vocational education is to be more integrated into local economy and industry, more engagement from private sector is expected. For more, read it here (PDF, 307KB)

Research and Higher Education in China

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Follow-up report: China Announces Modern Vocational Education Development Strategy 2014-2020

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Beijing Government Releases Reform Measures on University Technology Transfer

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Fact Sheet: National Natural Science Foundation of China

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Reports from swissnex China

Report on Chinese and Swiss Vocational/Professional Education Landscape

Linda LOU, Project Leader Academic Affairs, swissnex China, February 2014

As the working paper of Sino-Swiss Engineering Education and Vocational Training Workshop, this report compares the VET/PET system in China and Switzerland. It aims to help the reader to understand the different characteristics of the both systems. Furthermore, this report should serve as a reference for deeper discussions for future cooperation between the two countries in the field of VET/PET.

Pilot project: Social Media and Academic Communication

The report gives an overview of the use of social media in the academic community and describes the learning from the pilot project. We conclude with some recommendations addressed to Swiss academic institutions and swissnex China in order to take the pilot project to its next phase. To download the report, click here (PDF, 1.7MB).


Social Media in China

Swissnex China and HEC Lausanne, by Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber, Marc Laperrouza, Mehmet Yildirimli – March 2013

This report describes the development of social media in China. It is preceded by a short description of the history of the Internet in China. If you are interested to know more about China’s Internet development and its social media landscape, please click here to read Social Media in China (PDF, 1.7MB). The previous report (2012) can be find here.

Social Media in China: Best Practice Examples of European Institutions

Swissnex China and University of Lausanne,  by Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber and Mehmet Yildirimly, March 2012.

Have a closer look to a growing number of non-Chinese academic, scientific and cultural institutions that are active on the Chinese Internet, on Chinese social networks and micro blogging platforms.You can download the report here.