An article by Wan Lixin takes the contentious view that although universities and colleges in China have been expanding rapidly in the past decade the author’s view is that university education has been deteriorating fast.
He writes: ‘More and more schools and educational establishments are being run like companies, and this is generally acclaimed as progressive, as part of the drive to industrialize the educational sector.’
‘After decades of flirting with the idea of top universities, China’s higher education scene today is remarkable in one aspect only: its enormous scale.’
” In 1998 the number of undergraduates was 3.4 million.
” In 2006 it jumped to 23.7 million.
” By 2007 China was global No. 1 in terms of the number of undergraduates, master’s degree candidates, and PhD candidates.
Colleges and universities are trying to build their greatness by expanding campuses, erecting edifices and monuments, and spreading their fame by adding popular figures to their faculty.
’10 years into the 21st century, we are not told how many of our universities are enjoying international repute.’ Instead, the author claims, we hear ‘more and more of cases of plagiarism, frauds, and internecine fighting in the once sanctified realm of academe.’