Two Chinese universities climbs up world university reputation rankings

Harvard University has again won the laurel of world’s most prestigious university, while two Chinese higher education institutions Tsinghua and Peking also made good progress, according to the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015.

Times Higher Education (THE) published the 2015 THE World Reputation Rankings on March 11, revealed a new round of the top 100 universities across the world.

Five Chinese universities entered the ranking. They include Tsinghua University, which moved to 26th from 36th last year, and Peking University, which rose nine places to 32. The THE said both Tsinghua and Peking secured their highest ever positions.

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The 20 best places to live overseas


A map of the most attractive countries for expats, with Switzerland as a Leader. Size corresponds to ranking.

Tired of your old job? Looking for a new environment? There are a lot of reasons to leave your home country behind in search of greener pastures, but picking where to go can be an overwhelming decision.

There are a lot of conflicting factors: job opportunities, salary considerations, quality of life, safety, and childcare are just a few. HSBC has made the decision a whole lot easier with its latest annual Expat Explorer survey. It is pretty interesting to see Switzerland and China in top positions. While one country may lead the work-life balance (China) is the other probably leading in life-work balance (Switzerland). But both worlds are attractiv as we think from Connect.China.

The survey ranks the best places to go based on experience, economics, and raising children abroad, with subcategories for each group. We’ve picked out the top 20 places overall. (But you can also personalize the rankings based on which factors matter to you.)

China eyes on wider, tighter intl anti-corruption network

The silence of officals used to go blind with enough USD, but this wind has changed.

The silence of officals used to go blind with enough USD, but this wind has changed.

China will work with other countries to build a wider and tighter net of international anti-corruption cooperation, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said earlier in March.

Anti-corruption is a never-ending struggle and China would never relent its efforts of overseas hunting for suspects and recovering of their illegal assets, so that „even the most cunning fox will have no place to hide,“ he said at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature.

China launched the Operation „Fox Hunt 2014,“ bringing back a large number of corrupt officials and economic crime suspects who have fled the country. The campaign upheld sanctity of laws and social justice, Wang said.

China has concluded a total of 91 treaties on extradition and criminal judicial assistance, he said. „We would like to conclude relevant treaties and agreements with more countries.“

He noted that an anti-corruption declaration was adopted during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Beijing, and a cross-border law enforcement network was set up.

„Our cooperation with relevant countries in the law enforcement is becoming more smooth and effective,“ he said, appreciating the support given to China by other countries.

Elimination of gender discrimination urged

Zhen Yan, former vice-chairwoman of the All-China Women’s Federation and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

A political adviser called for regulation and supervision to protect women from being discriminated against in employment during the ongoing two sessions. This is a quit important News to foreign companies, especialy smaller. It was a unwritten tip for foreign companies to hire women, as they are more reliable then man. Therfore changes for women may inpact the way of doing business in China.

Zhen Yan, former vice-chairwoman of the All-China Women’s Federation and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said gender discrimination still exists in the labor market.

„Some companies say openly that only male candidates will be employed or preferred,“ Zhen said at the sideline of the two sessions.

„The situation worsened after the country adjusted the one-child policy,“ she said, „Many companies do not hire women for fear of having to give maternity leave.“

A survey last year on graduates‘ employment in Beijing, Hebei and Shandong provinces showed that 86.6 percent of female students had faced gender discrimination, according to Zhen.

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China is topping the World in Patent Applications

In western medias often China gets blamed as a simply copycat-machine which steals ideas (and jobs). We at Connect.China do not say that this does not happend, but before fingerpointing only the others, we should know the facts as well. In 2014 China continued to rank top in the world in invention patent filings for the fourth consecutive year, according to the latest data from the State Intellectual Property Office. China made his homework, the country is developing and producing more and more innovations for a hugh home market, but as a well for the world. To stand away could be dangerous for many industries on the long run. Swiss companies have a hugh advantage against EU companies due to the Free Trade Agreement which helps as well with legal securities on the patents.

Some increadible 928,000 applications for invention patents were filed with SIPO in 2014, an increase of 12.5 percent from a year earlier, „representing steady and sound growth momentum“, Gan Shaoning, deputy commissioner of SIPO, told a recent press conference.

Compared with the other two types of patents – utility models and industrial designs – invention patents have more stringent requirements for approval.

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China welcomes Switzerland to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Germany, France seeks membership in Chinese-led Asian bankChina’s Ministry of Finance said on March 20 that the country welcomed Switzerland’s decision to apply to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Switzerland will become a founding member on March 28 if other members approve, according to a statement on the ministry website.

Switzerland on March 20 announced its application to join the bank as a prospective founding member and submitted its candidacy to China last week.

The AIIB will be an international financial institution providing support to infrastructure projects in Asia, and is expected to be established by the end of this year.

China’s Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said on March 20 that the AIIB has already had 27 prospective founding members. The application deadline is March 31.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg have previously applied.

Changes crucial to boost new energy car industry

[Photo by Chen Ming/For China Daily]

Visitors look at a Dongfeng electric car. Industry insiders warn against Chinese new energy carmakers falling into the „same trap“ of allowing foreign automakers to dominate the Chinese market.

The Chinese government is considering new preferential policies for the emerging new energy car industry.

The Ministry of Science and Technology issued a draft of the government’s plan to support research and development of new energy vehicles to gain public opinion on Feb 16.

Beijing authorities also announced that the city would be friendlier to new energy car owners, by allowing them to pay less in parking fees and highway tolls by the end of March.

In 2012, the State Council set a goal of getting 5 million new energy vehicles on the road by 2020.
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