The number of people holding doctorate degrees in China has now passed that of the United States, making China the No. 1 country in the world when it comes to awarding doctorate degrees.
One expert, Dr. Xia Yeliang, reflects on the fact that half of the Chinese doctorates have become government officials and is of the opinion that this phenomenon reflects a serious problem in China’s policy on higher education.
Researcher Zhang Boshu, from the Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, believes that this trend can only be harmful to social development. He said, "Producing so many doctorates to be officials is in itself a misused function! Does one need a doctorate degree to be an official? From the perspective of educational development, this is an absurd and ridiculous phenomenon."
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