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Australia, citing concerns over China, cracks down on foreign political influence

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.<p>Turnbull told reporters in Canberra that foreign powers …

China

Can China Teach Its Students to Be More Creative?

Chinese education has traditionally measured student success through standardized test scores and students’ abilities to play by the rules. Now the …

Globalisation: time to look at the past to plot the future | Joseph Stiglitz

Trade deals were hammered out in secret by multinationals at the expense of workers and citizens. Benefits must be shared if the global economy is to work<p>Fifteen years ago, I published Globalisation and Its Discontents<i>,</i> a book that sought to explain why there was so much dissatisfaction with …

Where Facebook Has No Friends, Tech Bends to China's Will

As he took the stage at China’s premiere internet gathering this week, Facebook Inc.’s Vaughan Smith opened with a line that wouldn’t make sense …

Kentucky hopes to benefit from renewed horse sales to China

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After a two-year standstill, Kentucky's renowned horse industry is back in the race to develop a market in China, the world's …

Chinese billionaires can't get enough of polo, the 'sport of kings'

The art of polo is distinctly Persian. The word "polo," meaning "ball," is derived from Balti, spoken in the region of Baltistan in Pakistan. But, today, the game of polo is finding a shiny, new vitality among the billionaires in China. For them, the elite allure of the game, and the skill involved …

How 24-year-old Zhang Zetian became China's youngest female billionaire

Zhang Zetian made the rounds at last month's Paris Haute Couture Week, and her appearance in the front row of Dior, Chanel and Chinese homegrown couturier Guo Pei stirred up a media frenzy.<p>Zhang, who married Richard Liu Qiangdong, founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com in 2015, surely …

The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2017

As the year comes to a close, <i>RealClearScience</i> likes to take stock of all the terrific (and downright awful) science journalism and communication of …

Higher Education Act Proposal Primes Fight Over Future of Colleges

The sprawling, 542-page revamp of the Higher Education Act released Friday by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.), chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, kicks off what is likely to be a rocky and drawn-out legislative process aimed at reshaping college education.<p>The bill, previewed …

Do Employers Overestimate the Value of a College Degree?

Worker-training programs could bring companies good workers at low costs.<p>It’s dinnertime, and a teenager is seated with her immediate family. She looks around—everyone has at least a college degree and a stable job. What to look for in a college and what to major in and how to become a doctor are …

Students start final preparations for postgraduate entrance exams

A large number of senior college students are undertaking last minute study for the upcoming 2018 National Postgraduate Entrance Exams, which are set …

China sends its top actors and directors back to socialism school

BEIJING — Culture is the soul of the nation, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared in a key speech last month. And like Chairman Mao Zedong before him, Xi believes that Chinese culture must serve socialism and the Communist Party.<p>This week, more than 100 of the nation’s top filmmakers, actors and …

How This 24-Year-Old Repaid $61,000 Of Student Loans In 1.5 Years

Muneeb Ahmad, a 24-year-old University of Michigan graduate with a computer science engineering degree, repaid $61,400 of student loans in full in 1.5 years.<p>Here’s how.<p><b>Zack Friedman:</b> How did you pay off your student loans so quickly? What strategies did you use?<p><b>Muneeb Ahmad:</b> All my elder siblings …

Personal Finance

Bill Gates elected as a member of China’s top academic institution

<i>Bill Gates (File photo)</i><p>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been elected as a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), one of …

Bill Gates

How the Chinese communists keep tabs on students studying abroad

The NY Times published an interesting op-ed Sunday about efforts by the Chinese government to maintain control over students studying abroad. Author …

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

A hero reborn: ‘China’s Tolkien’ aims to conquer western readers

The world’s most popular kung fu fantasy series is finally set to become a UK bestseller<p>Guo Jing, a young soldier among the massed ranks of Genghis Khan’s invading army and son of a murdered warrior, may soon become as familiar a questing literary figure as Frodo Baggins from Tolkien’s <i>Lord of the</i> …

How China’s WeChat is tackling fake news differently from Facebook

Luzhou, China. Photo credit: Mingwei Li / Unsplash.In a small, bright office filled with books, Huamin Qu gives me a bird’s-eye view of WeChat, …

China says ex-top internet regulator under investigation

BEIJING (AP) — China's former top internet regulator and censor is being investigated by the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption arm, the agency …

Tech billionaires spent $170 million on a new kind of school — now classrooms are shrinking and some parents say their kids are 'guinea pigs'

It says it in the name: AltSchool. And it set out to be a different kind of school.<p>Max Ventilla, a Google executive who left the search giant to launch AltSchool in 2013, wooed parents with his vision to bring traditional models of elementary education into the digital age.<p>AltSchool has raised $175 …

A New U.S.-China Energy Relationship May Be On The Horizon

Two important energy deals were proposed during U.S. President Trump’s trip to China, paving the way for Chinese energy investment in West Virginia and Alaska. The deals would increase dependence between the two nations and enhance collaboration in this key industry as the U.S. transitions into a …

Natural Gas

Harvard professor predicts half of U.S. colleges will soon be bankrupt

Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, known for his theory of disruptive innovation, predicts that half of the 4,000-plus colleges …

U.S. wilderness becomes new magnet for Chinese tourists

File Photo: A couple are seen at Death Valley National Park in the United States on April 21, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)<p>by Xinhua writer Yang Shilong<p>NEW …

China

Foreign students have begun to shun the United States

In a potential threat to future U.S. innovation, new international enrollment at U.S. colleges is down for the first time in more than a decade, …

Learning From Algorithms: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 2)

Colleges often experiment with artificial intelligence to help spot when students need special help, part of an effort to draw predictions from data. …

Interview: President Xi's book to help understand China's development: Azerbaijani scholar

Photo taken on Nov. 7, 2017 shows the second volume of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China", in Beijing, capital …

China

Alibaba’s AI Fashion Consultant Helps Achieve Record-Setting Sales - MIT Technology Review

On the third floor of a shopping mall in the heart of Shanghai last week, Xiaolan He, a woman in her 50s, took an olive-green down jacket to a …

eCommerce

Small Colleges Can Save Towns in Middle America

There's just one reason Pikeville, Kentucky, population 7,000, is alive and well.<p>In 2016, economist Lyman Stone of the U.S. Department of Agriculture wrote one of the most important blog posts in recent history. It was promptly overlooked by almost everyone. But Stone's post -- a deep dive into the …

City of 11.9 million will have only electric buses by the end of the year

<b>That's 14,000 electric buses. In just one city.</b><p>I'm a big believer in the importance of sending a signal. So when 12 major cities committed to only …