[photopress:Chinese_university_students.jpg,full,alignright]According to the Ministry of Education Chinese graduates have become ‘more rational’ in choosing between postgraduate study and immediate employment. There appears to be an endorsement over further education.
A spokesperson for the Ministry said that this year Chinese students had ‘clearer mind’ regarding their career development routes. The representative said, ‘The entrants for this year’s postgraduate exam have not risen as sharply as in previous years. The number of examinees is equal to that of last year.’
China’s annual national postgraduate qualification examinations have just been completed. Nearly 1.3 million applied to sit the two-day examination. This is just 7,000 more than last year. Last year’s figure was up 9% over 2005.
The representative of the Ministry said it had previously been taken for granted that postgraduate students had brighter employment prospects. He said ‘This hasn’t proved to be the case although a large number of undergraduates still choose postgraduate study to delay entering into fierce competition for jobs.’