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Rocky, Pope And Shakira: Odd English Names For Western-Loving China

In modern China, some go to great lengths to look or sound like they hail from the West. One of the quickest, and quirkiest, ways to do this is to give yourself an English name.

Scott Kronick, president of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, had some fun with this phenomenon in a piece for the The Beijinger, an English-language magazine in Beijing, describing the creative monikers his Chinese colleagues have chosen for themselves.

Here are our favorites:

*“We have a Phat Song, who is a bit overweight but as cool as anyone I have met in China.”

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*“The advertising creative team donned such names as Jesus Yeh and Devil Zhou...”

*“When looking deeper into the English names of my colleagues, I was particularly curious about our creative team, as this department is usually the wackiest in our company. I was delighted to find a Chocolate Huang, Popeye Li and Rocky Ren.”

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"If you want a tasty campaign, you can ask for Elvis Xu in our consulting team to serve you.."

“Ironically, our fastest-growing business is run by Pope Li, who has "Morning" Cao, Chairs Chen and even a Shakira Huang working in his office”.

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India Higher Education Inferior Complex: Where Are The Foreign University Campuses?

The proposed UGC guidelines are ill-conceived and populist, and hardly take note of the educational and financial interests of foreign universities.

Image of a group of five people sitting on the grass inside of the Indian Institute of Technology campus.

The IIT - Indian Institute of Technology - Campus

M.M Ansari and Mohammad Naushad Khan

NEW DELHI — Nearly 800,000 young people from India attend foreign universities every year in search of quality education and entrepreneurial training, resulting in a massive outflow of resources – $3 billion – to finance their education. These students look for greener pastures abroad because of the lack of quality teaching and research in most of India’s higher education institutions.

Over 40,000 colleges and 1,000 universities are producing unemployable graduates who cannot function in a knowledge- and technology-intensive economy.

The Indian government's solution is to open doors to foreign universities, with a proposed set of regulations aiming to provide higher education and research services to match global standards, and to control the outflow of resources. But this decision raises many questions.

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