Minzner Calls for Changes to Higher Education in China
Professor Carl Minzner recently wrote about China’s higher education bubble for China File. Minzner writes about the rapid expansion of Chinese universities after the government responded to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis by increasing towards higher education. Minzner says the result has been a drastic increase in the amount of college graduates.
Unfortunately, Minzner explains, the expansion has had many negative effects including degree devaluation and a decrease in the quality of education.
Backed by massive funding, the mania to expand has spurred blind competition in Chinese schools to rack up ever-increasing numbers of published articles and professors with elite degrees. A culture of junk research and academic corruption has resulted. Actual education of students has become a secondary (or tertiary) concern.
Minzner argues for a diversification of higher education, including postgraduate, university, college, and vocational models.
Late 20th century state policies were intended to increase popular access to higher education. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Absent meaningful reform, these policies will produce failed expectations and deep underemployment for the next generation of Chinese, with severe implications for social and political stability.
Read Minzner’s article at ChinaFile.