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Beijing Foreign Studies University is a university located in Beijing, China. It is China's foremost foreign language teaching university according to recent collegiate rankings.The university's campus occupies 304,553 square meters, with a student dormitory area of 40,000 m² and a library of 9997 m², and is divided in two by Beijing's Third Ring Road. Other facilities on campus include an audiovisual center, a gymnasium, dining halls, and tennis courts. The university is popularly known as Běiwài in Mandarin and BFSU in English.As a renowned teaching university, BFSU was affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from its establishment in 1941 to the early 1980s and was classified a key university under the Ministry of Education.The wide ranging studies at BFSU are provided by over 600 faculty members, in addition to approximately 120 international experts and teachers invited from more than 20 countries each year. BFSU qualified for the first round of the competition in its efforts to enter Project 211, a university development programme launched by the Ministry of Education in 1996. Wikipedia.

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News Article | November 30, 2016

Facebook needs to invest in more than just censorship tools if it hopes to lift a seven-year ban in China, experts say, amid a tightening space for foreign technology companies in the world’s most populous nation. Last week it emerged Facebook is working on software designed to suppress content – widely seen as a prerequisite to ending the ban, put in place in the wake of deadly ethnic riots in 2009 in attempt to quell the sharing of information about the violence. Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, have embarked on a high-profile and often controversial campaign to lift the China block in recent years. “Censorship is the biggest requirement,” said Adam Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, “and then they should start to invest in the ecosystem around them, in Chinese startups and funds, to show that they are friends of China.” Facebook would need to partner with a local company and would likely hand control over censorship to its Chinese partner. But experts inside China say the company’s efforts to control news deemed unfavourable by the ruling Communist party would need to be as good as the censorship practised by the government itself. “Facebook would need to satisfy Chinese government demands and be able to adapt to China’s censorship conditions,” said Li Yonghui, head of the international relations institute at Beijing Foreign Studies University. The reported censorship software developed by Facebook would only “solve the most basic problems”, Li added, and although more conditions were still under discussion, “it will definitely contribute to it returning to the Chinese market”. US internet companies often block content at the behest of government requests in order to comply with local laws. Facebook has removed content for France, Russia and Pakistan. There is little information on the details of how Facebook’s censorship would work in China but experts agree it would have to pre-empt and predict the government’s needs, rather than simply responding. “Censorship would clearly have to be automated, keyword based, but that’s imperfect,” Clark said. “If ads or posts from outside China start getting blocked because it’s seen as sensitive by the Chinese government, then it would start to pollute the global Facebook. “The other way would have Chinese users be second-class citizens, cut off from the site used by the international community, but then what’s the point of using Facebook?” Even if Facebook jumped through enough hoops to break into the Chinese market, there’s no guarantee it will be successful. Tencent’s WeChat is already ubiquitous in the country and combines many of the features Facebook provides, such as messaging, posting photos and sharing links. “It’s not just about the firewall, Facebook wouldn’t transform the market overnight because people stick to what they already have and use,” Clark said. “Wechat is integrated with so many aspects of your life in China, domestic companies are simply light years ahead.” While Facebook is desperate to break into China, officials have far more to lose than gain from allowing the social network that helped organise protests during the Arab Spring into the country’s fenced-off internet. Facebook declares it is “on a mission to connect the world” but it is hard to achieve that goal when 1.3bn people cannot access it. For the Chinese government it would be a global propaganda coup and help promote the idea of “internet sovereignty” – the idea that states have the right to control how technology affects their citizens. These ideas and Facebook’s apparent willingness to cooperate with the Chinese government have long alarmed human rights groups. Fears about the company’s moral compass were reignited after reports of its censorship programme. “There is danger to global users, by virtue of being connected to users in China, the Chinese government can request to see that data,” said Nicholas Bequelin, east Asia director for Amnesty International. “Facebook then becomes a massive social network for surveillance for the Chinese government. “The company has larger human rights obligations – it’s not only about finding a clever way to operate in China within extraordinarily restrictive Chinese laws. “Facebook has the responsibility to carry out due diligence on the potential human rights consequences of entering the Chinese market.” Facebook did not respond to requests for comment. Despite a personal charm offensive by Zuckerberg – including rumours he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to name his daughter – the efforts may be in vain as Chinese authorities weigh the potential threat to their grip on power. “None of that is going to change the fundamental interests of the Communist party and the Chinese state,” Segal, from the Council on Foreign Relations, said. “While Zuckerberg has done many of the right things given the playbook, he cannot fundamentally change those interests.”

Winners of the 2017 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters say the opportunity to attend the world's largest general scientific meeting and network with reporters and scientists offers validation for their hard work while strengthening their resolve to communicate science to the public. The Fellowship program, now in its 13th year, funds four early-career science reporters from emerging regions to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting. The 2017 meeting, themed "Serving Society Through Science Policy," will be held in Boston, MA Feb. 16-20. A total of 23 applications from China and India topped last year's record, with candidates newer to science journalism careers than previous years. "One of the main goals of the EurekAlert! Fellowships is to encourage science reporters at the dawn of their careers, and to help them build a network of mentors, peers, and contacts in the journalism and scientific communities," said Brian Lin, Director of Editorial Content Strategy at EurekAlert!. "The number of applications have improved steadily and many past Fellows are now leaders in science journalism in their countries." Disha Shetty, a health reporter with the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper, based in Mumbai, is only one year into a full-time job as a health beat reporter. She has reported on tuberculosis in rural India with the help of the REACH National Media Fellowship. She strives for solution-based journalism to "tell my readers the small but concrete things they can do to help conserve our planet at a time when global warming is at its peak," Shetty said. "I believe that [the AAAS Annual Meeting] will be a great learning opportunity for an early-career journalist like me to interact with such a diverse gathering including journalists from across the globe." Tabassum Barnagarwala has worked with daily newspaper Indian Express for the past three years. Like Shetty, Barnagarwala covers health news but says the theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is close to her heart. She has been a keen observer of "the micro and macro levels of governmental policies and the obstacles in their implementation" in Mumbai. This is the third year the Fellowship program has featured India. The 2017 Fellows were selected by an independent panel of judges, including Malathy Iyer, Senior Editor with The Times of India. "Winners of the EurekAlert! Fellowships from India will gain immensely from attending the Boston conference as they will get to meet, listen and interact with science leaders," she said. The two Chinese judges agreed that this year's applicants, with an average length-of-service of 2.5 years, showed "outstanding performance in science news reporting," said TAI Zixue, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky. "I am impressed by their solid grasp of timely and important issues on the frontlines of science and technology at both the domestic and global levels, and their acute understanding of the relevance to everyday life," he added. ZENG Ding has been reporting for Phoenix Weekly, a popular Chinese current affairs magazine, since 2013. In addition to winning an international journalism contest, he earned a series of awards for an in-depth report on Chinese herbal medicine. "Since I do in-depth reporting, what attracts me the most [about the Annual Meeting] are sessions on medical sciences and public health," Zeng said. Winning this Fellowship "offers me the opportunity to listen and have face-to-face chats with the best scientists from all over the world." HUANG Tianle is the second winner in as many years from Chinese science news website He is excited about the science communication seminars at the Meeting. "Now I have the opportunity to learn how the world's best science communicators do their job," he said. "I'd love to humbly learn from them, push myself to the next level and encourage young people to make their own [career] decision and prove themselves right." Both Huang and Zeng have a background in science, which may have contributed to their reporting. "They are producing high-quality science news stories with sound and accurate scientific information," said Joy Ma, Editorial Content Manager at EurekAlert! Chinese, adding that many Chinese applicants submitted entries with "easily accessible and relatable writing styles providing in-depth analysis and perspectives." Established in 2004 with a seed grant from the William T. Golden Endowment Fund for Program Innovation and sponsored by EurekAlert!, the AAAS-operated science-news service, the EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters support early-career science reporters from emerging economies by providing them with opportunities to cover the latest research and network with peers from around the world at AAAS Annual Meetings. Applicants must have five years or less of professional science journalism experience, meet EurekAlert!'s longstanding reporter-registrant eligibility criteria, and submit a complete application including published writing samples, a letter of recommendation, and an original essay. Past fellows have represented the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, and China. For more information about the 2017 Fellowship winners or to find their meeting coverage, visit: http://www. . Previous Fellowship winners from India and China were announced here: 2016, 2015. has been a health reporter with the Indian Express newspaper for three years. She also covers society, women and children, and the environment. Memorable assignments include stories about malnutrition, mental illness, tuberculosis, AIDS, and multi-layered issues plaguing the slums and rural populations. Intrigued by the issues and identities of the varied social strata in rural areas, she loves to read and travel to better understand these populations. She comes from Indore and currently lives in Mumbai, where she has closely observed the way government policies function and the obstacles faced in their implementation. is a science reporter at, a Beijing-based science news website. Raised in a family where both of his parents were athletes, he showed interest in various sports at a very young age. Captivated by the smoothness of human movement, he not only trained and competed in different sports, but also became curious about the biological nature of the body. Later, he majored in biotechnology and earned a Bachelor of Science at Sun Yat-sen University. In 2013, he joined Guokr to become a science journalist, mainly focusing on research or discoveries in biology. During the first three years of his career, he has interviewed hundreds of scientists about their work and opinions. In addition to writing about research breakthroughs, he also experiments with live broadcasting or making short videos. , a Mumbai-based Senior Correspondent with the daily newspaper DNA, is passionate about health reporting. Although this is her first year working as a full-time reporter, she previously worked in various part-time writing and editing roles with World Wide Media and Times Group. Her diverse background in print, broadcast, and digital media has allowed her to better understand storytelling - an indispensable skill in today's competitive media landscape. She holds a Bachelor of Mass Media degree from Mumbai University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. She is also the recipient of a REACH National Media Fellowship to cover TB in rural India. has been working as a senior reporter in the Chinese news magazine Phoenix Weekly since 2013. He has covered a wide range of stories about health, the environment and other science topics. He is a winner of the 2016 Global Health Reporting Contest, hosted by International Center for Journalists in Washington, DC. His in-depth report about the Chinese Herbal Medicine- Induced Liver Injury Investigation and the Forgotten Leprosy Generation won a series of awards in national journalism contests. Prior to his current position, he worked for Chinese science news website He holds a Bachelor's degree in Environment Science and Technology from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Malathy Iyer is a senior editor (health) with The Times of India, Mumbai, with over 20 years of experience. When not chasing the big outbreaks of bird flu and swine flu or tracking the emergence of total drug-resistant tuberculosis, she focuses on issues of urban health care systems and women and children with special needs. T. V. Padma reports on science from India. She coordinated freelance contributions from the region and liaised with key organizations that partnered with SciDev.Net activities. She holds a post-graduate degree in science from the University of Delhi, India, has worked as a science correspondent with the Press Trust of India, and ran development communication projects for Panos South Asia. She also writes for Nature Medicine and has contributed to New Scientist and Inter Press Service. TAI Zixue joined the media arts and studies faculty at the University of Kentucky in 2007. He teaches courses in multimedia and interactive game development, global communication, telecommunications policy and regulation, and other courses examining the interplay of new media and society. Previously, he taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). His research interests focus on global communication with a special emphasis on the transformation of Chinese media in the new millennium. His research has appeared in journals such as International Communication Gazette, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society, Journal of Communication. He is the author of The Internet in China: Cyberspace and Civil Society (Routledge, 2006). Prof. Tai holds a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, a Master of Software Systems from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), and an MA from Shanghai International Studies University. XIONG Lei is a senior journalist, author, and translator based in China. Formerly Executive Director of China Features, a syndicate with Xinhua News Agency providing text and photo essays about China to media clients around the world, she has been teaching journalism as a guest professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Tsinghua University, and Renmin University of China since her retirement in 2006. Xiong has co-authored and translated a number of publications, including Portraits of Ordinary Chinese (Foreign Language Press, 1992), The Last Paradise (China Intercontinental Press, 2008), China Ink: Changing Face of Chinese Journalism (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008), and China Insight (Environmental Science Press, 2009). She also serves as a media consultant with the Global Environmental Institute, a Beijing-based Chinese non-profit and non-governmental think tank. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See http://www. . Founded by AAAS in 1996, EurekAlert! is an editorially independent, online science news service. Thousands of reporters around the globe use EurekAlert! to access news and resources from the world's top research organizations. For free access to EurekAlert!, visit http://www. .

Chi X.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
Proceedings - 2015 International Conference on Intelligent Transportation, Big Data and Smart City, ICITBS 2015 | Year: 2015

The decision-making model is a model established for the management decision, that is, it is a mathematical model developed to aid the decision-making. With the development of operational research, some effective decision-making analysis methods such as linear rule, dynamic rule, game theory, queuing theory, savings and deposit model, scheduling model have appeared. The fuzzy mathematics theory and statistical theory have been used in this paper and the evaluation of the quality of Physical Education (PE) is taken as an example to develop the multivariate decision- making mathematical models and their standards and methods, and the application value of multivariate decision-making mathematical models has been clarified. © 2016 IEEE.

Ye L.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
Proceedings of the International Conference on E-Business and E-Government, ICEE 2010 | Year: 2010

In a social network, nodes and links represent participants and their friendships respectively, and many applications also have this character. When tourists are traveling, they usually want to get the help of Location Based Services (LBS). However, the charge for using LBS is so much that there are few people could accept this new consumptive method. We take note of that the information, required by tourists coming from the same group with heterogeneous communication equipments, usually focuses on a certain area. So we propose the mobile peer-to-peer (MP2P) technology built on the social network model. MP2P network can let message be transferred among neighbors instead of in the whole communication system, and this could save information in a group and meet the need for the other tourists through storage and transmitting. So the tourists could cut down the fee of using LBS. © 2010 IEEE.

Liang Y.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
3rd International Symposium on Intelligent Information Technology and Security Informatics, IITSI 2010 | Year: 2010

In order to share the intelligence among all kinds of mobile nodes, this paper puts forward the intelligence sharing technology based on mobile agents in mobile peer-to-peer (MP2P) system. The MP2P system could build up a common applicable theoretical framework for mobile intelligence management such as mobile intelligence acquisition, query, synchronization, cache, and prefetching. In order to reduce the maintenance cost of intelligence index table for the mobile nodes in the MP2P network, use the edge intelligence of network enough, and parallel process the mobile task of network, we propose the intelligence management technology based on mobile agent (MA), which improves the execution efficiency of security authentication, intelligence distribution, cache prefetching, transaction processing, location service, and task cooperation among the mobile nodes. © 2010 IEEE.

Ye L.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
Procedia Environmental Sciences | Year: 2011

When we take cognizance of the regular track of moving objects within a limited area, we put forward an indexing method for grouping the moving objects with Grid based on Time-Parameterized R-tree (GG TPR-tree). With the GG TPR-tree, we can use the grouped moving objects which are neighbors and will run to the same direction in the future to improve the efficiency for indexing. So, we put forward the grouping algorithm and clustering algorithm based on grid, and moving objects indexing maintenance algorithm and moving objects indexing update algorithm based on grouping. Experimental results show that the performance of GG TPR-tree's indexing maintenance method is better than the other indexing structure on managing a great capacity of moving objects within a limited area. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Zhan H.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education, ICAIE 2010 | Year: 2010

This paper studies the valuation of Asian options with fuzzy sets theory. In order to overcome the problem of imprecise parameters under uncertain environment, we introduce the fuzzy underlying asset price, fuzzy interest rate. fuzzy dividend rate and fuzzy volatility to establish a fuzzy pricing model for Asian options. The fuzzy price formula for the European continuous geometric vanilla Asian option and fuzzy approximate price formula for its corresponding arithmetic Asian option are then obtained. These formulas are more flexible and subsume the results of the crisp models as their special cases. Numerical results show that the proposed fuzzy pricing model can be used to help the investor choose a suitable Asian option price with an acceptable belief degree for the later use. ©2010 IEEE.

Liang Y.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
International Conference on Challenges in Environmental Science and Computer Engineering, CESCE 2010 | Year: 2010

By analyzing the many ways to monitor the reservoir water, we put forward a real-time monitoring of water resources in a more effective solution. In this solution, the Mobile Peer-to-Peer Technology (MP2P) is proved to be an effective means to administer a large number of mobile devices, whose are used to monitor the water resources in the reservoir. Because it could break the area limit of Information Island, and realize the interaction among all kinds of information in the mobile devices. This Technology builds up a universal solution for the mobile resource acquisition, query, synchronization, caching, prefetching, creating and maintenance information interactive routing, which reduces the maintenance cost of resource index table for the mobile devices, and improves the communication efficiency of the Wireless network. The simulation experiments show that the reservoir management platform constructed by MP2P technology has better efficiency than the ones by the existing technology. © 2010 IEEE.

Qin Y.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
Proceedings - 2012 International Conference on Asian Language Processing, IALP 2012 | Year: 2012

Transliteration is a common translation method when named entities are introduced into another language. Direct orthographical mapping (DOM) approach is successfully applied in machine transliteration by segmenting a word according to syllables and then mapping them directly into target language without considering its pronunciation. The paper studies the performance of two-stage machine transliteration based on Conditional Random Fields. To reduce the amount of computation in model training, we propose an error-driven learning by dividing the training data into several groups and training the transliteration model step by step based on the error prediction data until the performance doesn't increase or the limitation of the computer. Experiments on data of NEWS2011 show that error-driven model training reduces computational complexity and saves the time of model training. Compared to the combining transliteration model, our transliteration system increases the accuracy of top-1 output with 0.06, reaching 0.652. © 2012 IEEE.

Dai Q.,Beijing Foreign Studies University
Qinghua Daxue Xuebao/Journal of Tsinghua University | Year: 2014

Through administrating questionnaires to managers in Japanese foreign affiliates who used to work in state-owned enterprises (SOE), this paper intends to find out the effectiveness of these managers' SOE experiences in their current employment. Empirical evidence shows that the respondents' educational background, on-the-job training and work experiences in the state-owned enterprises in general help them climb the career ladder in the Japanese companies, thereby proving the effectiveness of their SOE experiences or skills. China's reform and opening up policy provides these managers with opportunities to start a new career in foreign companies, and the human capital accumulated in the planned economy is brought into full play after the economic transition.

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