Category Archives: Education

Shadow of HIV Falls on Chinese Campuses

“I was calm when I found out I was infected with HIV virus. Although, I never imagined it happening, I was calm and only cried once,” said Lin Hui (pseudonym), a 20-year-old student in Nanjing. Lin was diagnosed with HIV in 2014, a few...


School System Leaves Grad Students no Way to Fight Abusive Tutors

Jiang Huawen, a third-year grad student at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NJUPT), leaped from the school’s teaching building in an apparent suicide on January 25. After the 25-year-old’s death, an alleged close friend of Jiang published an article condemning Zhang Daiyuan, Jiang’s...


Growing Wealth Prompts China to Examine International Ed

A report by Beijing Normal University found that a third of China’s wealth is in the hands of the country’s top 1 percent. The bottom 25 percent together control only 1 percent of the country’s wealth. In addition to pointing out that staggering wealth...



Charity School Opens Future for Street Children

Shasha (pseudonym), a six-year-old girl, had been begging from city to city with her father for almost a year. Her father was disabled and said her presence would encourage passersby to donate more. Upset by the little girl’s street life, Shasha’s aunt contacted volunteers...


Students Seek Early Motherhood to Succeed in Job Market

A recent news report about female postgraduates getting married and having babies while in school to ease their entry into the job market has stirred up debate over whether students should be starting families before completing their degrees. While official figures on postgraduate mothers...


Bridging the Gap: From Hong Kong to Mainland Universities

“Before I came to Beijing, my impression of the Chinese mainland was a picture of Shenzhen 10 years ago: dirty and dangerous,” said Lee Yuan Ting, a Hong Kong student of philosophy at Peking University. Lee arrived in Beijing for the first time last...


Teachers of Left-behind Kids Forgotten by Educators

China has approximately 60 million left-behind children living in the countryside. As many as two of every five children of the countryside have been left behind by their parents, according to a recent report by the All-China Women’s Federation. These children depend on 3.3...



Tu Youyou’s Nobel Win Renews Debate Over China’s Academics

Step aside, Yang Zhenning and Li Zhengdao: the Chinese academic community finally has someone new to applaud. On October 5, the 85-year-old scientist Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, making her China’s first Nobel laureate in science. Tu discovered...