On March 1 2003 State Council promulgated its Rules on Sino-Chinese Cooperative School Joint Ventures. These will be effective as of September 1 2003.
According to the new rules, foreign educational institutions can cooperate with Chinese educational institutions to set up joint venture (JV) educational institutions in China provided students are mainly Chinese citizens.
School JVs are prohibited from engaging in compulsory education and education on military or police matters, politics and religion.
School JVs can carry out higher education with or without academic certificate, secondary school education with academic certificate, pre-school education, continuing education and vocational education.
School JVs with legal person status shall set up board of directors and school JVs without legal person status shall set up joint management committee. Chinese members of boards of directors or joint management committee shall not be fewer than half the total number of members. Principals and individuals in charge of school JVs must be of Chinese nationality and be approved by the authorities.
Teachers and administrative personnel with foreign nationalities in school JVs must hold bachelor degrees or above and have relevant professional certificates and shall have at least two years' educational and teaching experience.
Curriculums and teaching materials to be imported shall be filed with the approval authority. Enrolment regulations and advertisements of the school JVs shall also be filed with the approval authority.
Tuition fees and other fees should be paid in renminbi. Fees collected by the school JVs shall mainly be used in educational activities and for improving the condition of the school.