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Chinas Education Sector in Dilemma: Planning to Build Harvard Level Universities

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Published on : Nov 09, 2015

A new plan to build Harvard level universities in coming few years could be challenged by the Communist Party’s willpower to keep a firm grip over education. According to the analysts, the teachers and school administrators should structure their teaching process in order to create better institutes that can compete with those like Harvard. Last Thursday a plan was released wherein the State Council called for the country to become a powerful center for education by 2050. Some institutions and disciplines should be raised to global standards by 2020 and the number of schools and institutions should be increased in coming few years, stated the analysts.

In order to build universities, such as the Harvard, the China education sector should call for stronger leadership and work towards building more number of higher education institutions and schools in the near future. According to Xiong Bingqi, the deputy director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, achieving both the goals at a time might be difficult. Xiong Bingqi also stated that in order to be recognized as a world-known university, the primary aim should be to build an independent and modern education governance system within the schools across the nation.   

Yuan Guiren, the education minister of China said that foreign textbooks, which spread the Western values, should be eliminated from the classrooms. Last year, president Xi Jinping asked for greater conceptual guidance in the universities and also advised greater study of Marxism. The Beijing news reported that according to Lin Jianhua, the Peking University president, the schools in China are planning to reach the world class standards by 2030. Previously, the schools hoped to reach that level by 2048, reported the Beijing News. Xiong said that the Chinese universities need not be modelled or compared with the Harvard or Cambridge as they have their respective features. 

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