Tsinghua University Unit to Earn USD1 Billion From Sale of China Database Operator Stake
Zhang Yushuo
/SOURCE : yicai
Tsinghua University Unit to Earn USD1 Billion From Sale of China Database Operator Stake

(Yicai Global) April 4 -- A unit of China's prestigious Tsinghua University plans to sell a 21 percent stake in Tsinghua Tongfang, which owns and operates the country's largest online database of academic work, to a state nuclear power company for CNY7 billion (USD1 billion).

Tsinghua Holdings agreed to sell 622 million shares of Tsinghua Tongfang for CNY11.30 (USD1.70) each to China National Nuclear Corporation Capital Holdings, the Beijing-based company said in a statement today. Tsinghua Holdings and its subsidiaries will retain a 7.1 percent holding.

Through the deal, actual control of Tsinghua Tongfang will pass to the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission from the Ministry of Education since the firm is a wholly-owned unit of Tsinghua University under the ministry, while China National Nuclear, which is itself 100 percent held by SASAC, owns CNNC Capital Holdings.

Tsinghua Tongfang owns and operates China National Knowledge Infrastructure, the nation's biggest internet-based academic archive. It has more than 20,000 institutional users, over 20 million registered users, and its annual volume of full-text downloads reached two billion at the end of 2017.

CNKI's non-negotiable standard terms and copyright issues have aroused controversy since it dominates the document retrieval field. A college student sued CNKI operator Tongfang Knowledge Network Technology in February, saying it violated consumer rights by charging a minimum top-up fee of CNY50 (USD7.40) for every account and a handling fee for users seeking refunds.

The China Written Works Copyright Society also took it to court for violating the copyright of one of its members in 2017. 

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