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Anna Pao Sohmen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083312

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083312.001.0001

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Education Is Key to a Stronger Country

Education Is Key to a Stronger Country

(p.169) 9 Education Is Key to a Stronger Country
Y. K. Pao, My Father

Anna Pao Sohmen

Hong Kong University Press

In an attempt to raise the quality of education in China's universities, Deng Xiaoping introduced the National Higher Education Entrance Examination so that students are admitted into universities based on academic results rather than political connections. Sir Y. K. Pao supported the move by donating US$1 million to the Education Bureau in Beijing to set up a scholarship. Nevertheless, the fund was later relocated to Zhejiang University as the selection process was more thorough and the results were better reported. He also made a donation of US$10 million to Jiao Tong University for the construction of a library. He set up the Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme as well, with a view to nurture future generations and improve the relationship between China and Britain.

Keywords:   Zhejiang University, Jiao Tong University, Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme, Education, Hong Kong, Sir Y.K. Pao, Biography

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