Premier Wen Jiabao discussed the issue of university graduates with the State Council, China’s Cabinet, and the body issued a statement afterward calling university graduates a valuable human resource and vowing that the government ‘gives top priority to their employment.’
Students, however, aren’t necessarily studying to fill the jobs that are available. Many are fussy about where they work and what they earn, and some universities don’t offer courses that teach the skills the marketplace needs.
Many students want jobs in service industries rather than in factories or industrial conglomerates, but China’s economy hasn’t created enough service jobs to satisfy their desire.
Premier Wen is submitting plans to help graduates find work, offering the following incentives:
College graduates who join the People’s Liberation Army will get tuition refunds.
Graduates who start their own businesses will get preferential tax and loan policies.
Seniors who agree to take jobs in the poor hinterlands of central and western China will get full refunds of their university tuition fees.