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China's education reform plan implenmented on nine basic disciplines

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China's education reform plan implenmented on nine basic disciplines
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China's education reform plan implenmented on nine basic disciplines

2024-04-21 20:05 Last Updated At:20:47

China's "101 Project" designed for the development of top-notch innovative human resources has been promoted on a full scale in nine basic subject areas including computer science, biological science and economics, said officials at a promotional meeting held in Beijing on Friday by the Ministry of Education.

The "101 Project" for basic discipline series is a foundation-building project for cultivating top-notch innovative talents. The key task is to build a batch of first-class core courses that are high-level, innovative and challenging. In December 2021, a pilot program was first launched in the computer science field for the project.

So far, pilot programs for the project have been launched on a full scale in nine basic subject areas comprising computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, basic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, economics, and philosophy under the guidance of high-level experts in each field.

"The '101 Project' in the field of economics is participated in by 20 colleges and universities with top-notch economics bases across the country. We have formed 10 core courses and have begun to teach them on a trial basis. Based on an independent knowledge system and combined with the needs of our country's development, we've designed the courses and teaching materials, determined our experimental projects, and trained our teachers. Our entire goal is to cultivate talents with theoretical innovation capabilities and practical problem-solving capabilities," said Lin Yifu, dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics under Peking University.

"The discipline of biology for the '101 Project' has 11 core courses, all with core textbooks. Each textbook has lecture notes and knowledge points. We can say that it is like a dazzling super mall, and each university can determine the scope of application according to its own features. Through the implementation of such a systematic reform project, we can systematically improve the quality of our talent training in basic disciplines," said Shi Yigong, president of Westlake University in east China's Zhejiang Province.

In the next step, experts will use artificial intelligence to draw knowledge maps and competency quality maps, and promote the establishment of large-scale training models for all pilot programs.

"The knowledge graph is like a building of human knowledge. For example, if you want to enter a building, you always need to know where the parking lot is and what functions are distributed on the first, second, and third floors, so that you can navigate with ease. The knowledge graph associates each concept with each logic, forming a navigation map for our learning. Teachers build it first, and then use artificial intelligence algorithms to continuously refine and further revise the knowledge graph. The significance of the '101 Project' is to allow teachers to find the right teaching method, and then promote it quickly," said Wu Fei, a professor from Zhejiang University.

China's education reform plan implenmented on nine basic disciplines

China's education reform plan implenmented on nine basic disciplines

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Washington national zoo to receive two giant pandas from China by year end

2024-05-30 11:59 Last Updated At:12:07

The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C. announced on Wednesday that it will welcome a new pair of giant pandas from China by the end of this year.

According to a press release by the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI), the furry black-and-white icons are Bao Li, a two-year-old male panda and Qing Bao, a two-year-old female panda.

Bao Li is the son of Bao Bao and the grandson of Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. The trio all stayed in the national zoo previously, and Bao Bao was born there.

The NZCBI also announced that it has extended a cooperative research and breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association. Now effective through April 2034, the agreement will allow the United States and China continue their cooperation in the conservation of the giant panda species.

"Today, I am very glad to share with you some good news: Bao Li and Qing Bao, our new envoys of friendship, will soon fly over the Pacific and join the big family of the National Zoo," Chinese Ambassador to the United States Xie Feng said in a speech delivered at the announcement ceremony held by the zoo.

Xie said China's success in conserving giant pandas is "inseparable from international cooperation," including the cooperation with the United States, which is "among the first" countries to work with China and make saving the once-endangered species a joint endeavor. Over the decades, the globally adored species has grown to nearly 1,900 in the wild in China.

Brandie Smith, NZCBI's John and Adrienne Mars director, said she is thrilled to announce the next chapter of breeding and conservation partnership between two countries begins by welcoming two new giant pandas.

"Our panda program has been in place for over fifty years and I think it is so successful because we have such an incredible positive collaborative relationship with our colleagues in China, with our colleagues at the China Wildlife Conservation Association," Smith said.

The first pair of giant pandas ever in the United States, Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, arrived at the Washington National Zoo in April 1972 as a gift from the Chinese government, a few months after then-President Richard Nixon's ice-breaking visit to China.

The arrival of Tian Tian and Mei Xiang in Washington in 2000 marked the beginning of China-U.S. giant panda research and conservation cooperation. Since then, experts from the two countries have collaboratively bred 17 panda cubs in the United States which survived to adulthood, with all of them enthusiastically adored by the people of both countries.

Thanks to the tireless dedication and loving care of the U.S. and Chinese experts, the giant panda has now been removed from the list of endangered species, but it is still considered vulnerable.

Washington national zoo to receive two giant pandas from China by year end

Washington national zoo to receive two giant pandas from China by year end

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