Monday, January 28, 2013

The Effects of China’s Push for Education

The Effects of China’s Push for Education NYTimes Room for Debate

The Chinese government is investing deeply in higher education, trying to create an educated work force to expand the economy beyond manufacturing.

Is China becoming more of a competitive challenge to the United States, Europe and Japan through its rapid expansion of education? Will the nation’s focus on technical fields be a strength or a weakness?

Good for China, and the Rest of the World by WANG HUIYAO, CENTER FOR CHINA AND GLOBALIZATION
The investment in education will expand the middle class in China and will increase the consumption of goods and services from all over the world.

China Wasn’t Trying to Take On the U.S. by ZHENG YONGNIAN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
The huge investment in higher education began as an effort to stimulate domestic demand.

Only the Top Students Rival the West by GERARD A. POSTIGLIONE, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
The top-drawer schools are more competitive than ever, but the education system as a whole is not.

Luring Back the Chinese Who Study Abroad by DAVID ZWEIG, HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
If China wants to bring back the best, it needs a fundamental reform of its academic and scientific institutions.

A Long To-Do List by EDUARDO VELEZ BUSTILLO, FORMER WORLD BANK OFFICIAL
Despite China’s need for higher education in order to transform its economy, the nation’s system still needs some improvements.

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