Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools
(Adopted at the 68th Executive Meeting of the State Council on February 19, 2003, promulgated by Decree No. 372 of the State Council of the People's Republic of China on March 1, 2003, and effective as of September 1, 2003)
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1 These Regulations are formulated in accordance with the Education Law of the People's Republic of China, the Vocational Education Law of the People's Republic of China and the Law of the People's Republic of China on Promotion of Privately-Run Schools for the purposes of standardizing Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools, strengthening international exchange and cooperation in the field of education and promoting the development of the educational cause.
Article 2 These Regulations apply to the activities of the cooperation between foreign educational institutions and Chinese educational institutions (hereinafter referred to as Chinese and foreign cooperators in running schools) in establishing educational institutions (hereinafter referred to as Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run schools) within the territory of China to provide education service mainly to Chinese citizens.
Article 3 Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools is an undertaking beneficial to public interests and forms a component of China's educational cause.
For Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools, the State adopts the policies of opening wider to the outside world, standardization of running schools, exercising administration according to law and promoting its development.
The State encourages Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools to which high-quality foreign educational resources are introduced.
The State encourages Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools in the field of higher education and vocational education, and encourages Chinese institutions of higher learning to cooperate with renowned foreign institutions of higher learning in running schools.
Article 4 The legal rights and interests of Chinese and foreign cooperators in running schools and of Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run schools shall be protected by the laws of China.
Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run schools shall enjoy preferential policies made by the State and enjoy autonomy when conducting educational activities in accordance with law.
Article 5 Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools shall abide by the laws of China, implement China's educational policies, comply with Chinese public ethics and shall not jeopardize China's sovereignty, security and public interests.
Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools shall meet the needs of the development of China's educational cause, ensure teaching quality and make efforts to train all kinds of talents for China's socialist construction.
Article 6 Chinese and foreign cooperators in running schools may cooperate to establish educational institutions of various types at various levels. However, they shall not establish institutions offering compulsory education service or special education services such as military, police and political education services.
Article 7 No foreign religious organization, religious institution, religious college and university or religious worker may engage in cooperative activities of running schools within the territory of China.Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run schools shall not offer religious education, nor conduct religious activities.