College in China
I wanted to blog about this NY Times article about college in China when I first read it on Wednesday, but for some reason I didn’t have time to blog.
For the most part, the Chinese college system seems extremely similar to the system we have here in the United States. I think that obviously they must have copied the Western system. They also seem to have partly absorbed the conventional wisdom of the West that college attendance will increase “human capital” and therefore increase GDP.
Yet similar to the problem we have here, China also has the problem of more college graduates than jobs:
While potentially enhancing China’s future as a global industrial power, an increasingly educated population poses daunting challenges for its leaders. With the Chinese economy downshifting in the past year to a slower growth rate, the country faces a glut of college graduates with high expectations and limited opportunities.
The key difference between China and the United States is that “the most popular undergraduate major by far” is engineering. In the United States, fewer than 5% of students major in engineering. And a lot of the students you do see majoring in engineering are actually Chinese immigrants. As well as other immigrants. Hardly any native-born Americans want to major in engineering anymore.