[photopress:MBA_doctoral_studies.jpg,full,alignright]China’s education authorities are to carry out a nationwide review of doctoral studies in order to improve post-graduate education.
The survey, launched by the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Personnel, requires all institutions of higher learning to submit appraisal reports before November 30.
A Ministry of Education notice says this will help acquire a full picture of doctorate education so authorities can analyse factors affecting its quality, and summarize the advantages and shortcomings.
The notice requires all education organizations to review doctoral theses, question tutors, doctoral students and administrative staff, and finally submit a quality analysis.
The number of Chinese students seeking doctorates was 208,000 in 2006, compared with 67,300 in 2000.
Some experts claim the rise has led to a decline in quality.
Only one thing is certain. The review will take days, possibly weeks, of discussion in every university involved. Put two professors together and you have polite but entrenched disagreement. Note that it says it wants it before November 30. No year is mentioned which is undoubtedly a realistic approach.
Source: China Daily