[photopress:mba_students_1.jpg,full,alignright]According to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2008, Singapore ranked first out of 55 countries in how education reflects social and economic demands in society.
Such surveys are always open to challenge. One tries to think of a major innovation or invention that has come out of Singapore and it is a bit of a struggle.
The National University of Singapore has its tie-up with Lynx Technologies doing biotechnologybut it is difficult to find much else. The Singapore girl advertising campaign for SIA, which is widely regarded as the world leader in airline advertising, was done by an Australian.
And these university rankings are never consistent.
For example, among the world s top 200 universities listed by The Times, the National University of Singapore was 33rd and Insead MBA school in Singapore, eighth.
The China European International Business School was ranked highest among Asian MBA schools and one of the world s top 10.
Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported in 2007 that Hong Kong University of Science and Technology offers the world’s best Executive MBA course which is the one you take part-time while still working.
For China, while positioning in these lists may not be important, presence is. And it has a presence — in fact, several — in all of them.
In 2003, China set a policy to become a human resources power house and its government is implementing policies to produce talented people. To advance higher education and secure talented human resources, the country is running its Projects 211, 985, 111 and an 11.5 plan.
Taking a worldwide view the results seem to be that China is doing well and is improving by the day.
Taking an Asian view Singapore would probably head the list. Korea, amazingly, would be somewhere near the bottom. And China would be in the upper half and consistently moving up. Nothing to be smug about but still very positive.
Source: Joong Ang Daily