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08.05.2013 12:06

China's Higher Education Bubble

A rush to open universities and amass academic credentials has devalued diplomas, and for the sake of future generations priorities must be diversified
By Carl Minzner

Graduates at a job fair in Changchun, Jilin Province


The numbers of university graduates in China has exploded.

In 1997, 400,000 students graduated from four-year university programs. Today, Chinese schools produce more than 3 million per year. But employment rates at graduation have plunged. And remote suburbs of Beijing and Shanghai teem with underemployed graduates, crammed four to a room in substandard housing and eking out an existence, often financially supported by their parents, as sidewalk vendors.

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