Online or distant learning has become a new trend in China for students who are interested in obtaining customised education. It can potentially and fundamentally change the future of education. CUDC launched a new education initiative (‘Research Training Programme’) in early 2017. This Research Training Programme aims to equip Chinese students with strong research foundations before they further their studies abroad. Over the timeframe of this project, students will not only achieve excellent academic performance, but also strive to develop an international perspective and spirit.