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STRASBOURG， May 11 (Xinhua) -- The European Parliament (EP) adopted new rules on Wednesday to make it easier for students and researchers from non-EU countries to study at EU universities.
Currently， different EU states have their own entry and resident rules for non-EU academics， in some cases highly restrictive.
Swedish Liberal MEP Cecilia Wikstrom said it was necessary to harmonize regulations on foreign students to make Europe more competitive and attractive for the best brains in the world.
""I am glad that the EU recognizes the value of attracting highly skilled people to come here and to entice them to stay by creating a harmonized European system，"" she said.
""Today we live in globalized world， but in the EU we have a very diverse system of rules governing how students and researchers can come to the EU and stay to complete their studies，"" she added.
She said she had no doubts that the new regime would make EU universities more competitive in their quest to attract ""ambitious and highly educated people， helping us to create growth and jobs"".
The new rules merge two existing directives - one on students and one on researchers - to ensure that both can stay at least nine months after finishing their studies or research in order to look for a job or to set up a business.
Before， the rules varied dramatically， Wikstrom said. Germany allowed people to stay for up to 18 months， whereas her home country Sweden allowed just 10 days.
""Short periods (such as in Sweden) have meant that instead of allowing us to benefit from the knowledge they have gained in Europe， we push them away to other regions， mainly the USA， Canada and Australia，"" she told the EP chamber.
Students and researchers will also be able to move more easily within the EU during their stay. Under the existing system non-EU students often have to apply for a new visa to move to another EU country， even for a one semester exchange. In future， they will only need to notify the member state to which they are moving.
Researchers will be able to move for longer periods than those currently allowed， and will have the right to bring their family members with them. Moreover， family members will be entitled to work during their stay， while students will have the right to work at least 15 hours a week. Previously， the maximum number of hours they could work was 10.
The new directive includes standardized entry conditions and better protection for interns and volunteers， and even non-EU au pairs， who will be covered for the first time by EU law. Enditem
" " Former NBA star Stephon Marbury (L) poses with Zhang Jiandong , deputy Mayor of Beijing, during a ceremony in Beijing, capital of China, April 18 , 2016. Stephon Marbury, a leading player in Beijing Duck basketball team who helped the team winning three champions in the Chinese basketball league, received his Chinese "green card", or People's Republic of China Foreigner's permanent residence card here Monday. Marbury left the NBA Knicks in 2010 and reinvented himself in China , where he was named one of its 10 "model citizens" in 2014 and honorary citizen of Beijing. (Xinhua)
BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Former NBA star Stephon Marbury has become a permanent Chinese resident as he showed his ""green card"" on his Weibo account on Monday.
Marbury posted a short video on twitter-like Weibo, showing he received the Foreigner's Permanent Residence Card from Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing.
Beijing's super guard is the first foreign player to get China's green card in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league's 21-year history.
""I'm so thankful and blessed to receive my green card today from the Beijing Government. It's a true honor to be part of the capital of China. I hope I can not only help win more championships but continue to bring positive energy and love ,"" said the two-time NBA All-star.
A Chinese green card is one of the hardest to obtain with only around 5,000 issued since 2004, when the policy was introduced. That compares with about 600,000 foreigners currently living in China.
The 39-year-old veteran , who steered Beijing to three titles in past four seasons, is recognized as the most successful foreign player in CBA history. A museum in honor of him was unveiled in downtown Beijing last December.
BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Water through the south-to-north diversion project has arrived in Beijing on Saturday after a journey of over 1,200 kilometers , bringing with it a torrent of doubts and worries.
Mao Wei, a resident from a community in Tongzhou District of Beijing, never expected he would benefit from a project conceived by late Chinese leader Mao Zedong, who shares the same family name with him , more than 60 years ago.
But Mao Wei has his own concerns over water from the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, China's largest waterway.
"It's no difference," said Mao , "but I feel worried when people warned on the Internet that the water may become yellow due to poor quality."
In order to eliminate public concern, Beijing Waterworks Group has sent out educational leaflets. It said if the water becomes yellow, the public does not need to be worried because it is due to a high density of iron ions and will not affect people's health.
The middle route's first-stage project starts at Danjiangkou Reservoir in the central province of Hubei. It was officially put into operation on Dec. 12..
Completion of the first stage is a major sign of progress for the enormous south-north water diversion project, which cost an estimated 500 billion yuan (about 80 billion U.S. dollars) and is the largest of its kind in the world.
It will supply 9.5 billion cubic meters of water per year to the northern regi.