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Closing down foreign education partnerships

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Sino-foreign partnership programs at universities and joint venture schools are under scrutiny from the Ministry of Education.

  • Despite their popularity, Sixth Tone says such schools and programs “have been regularly criticized for poor teaching, skyrocketing fees, and chaotic management, with some even accused of cooperating with diploma mills.”
  • The Ministry of Education has now closed “more than a fifth of Sino-foreign partnerships in tertiary education,” and “terminating 234 partnerships between Chinese and overseas institutions, including five jointly managed institutions.”
  • A number of well-known American, Australian, and European school names are on the list. This page (in Chinese) has download links to Excel spreadsheets with lists of the affected schools and programs.
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