Adventures in the Lone Star State

China’s Great Universities

According to the NY Times, Beijing is seeking to make top universities in the next 10 years or so. That is quite a lofty goal, but China has had plenty of those in recent years. And they have been successful in many of those goals… For example, in the last 15 years, Shanghai went from having one skyscraper to over four thousand! But, this isn’t about real estate, it’s about education. According to Howard French, “China has already pulled off one of the most remarkable expansions of education in modern times, increasing the number of undergraduates and people who hold doctoral degrees fivefold in 10 years.”

Something that I found quite interesting is the idea of creating great universities in a country that still tightly regulates freedom of speech, expression, etc. Imagine having the free-spirited professors (and students) of U.C. Berkeley in China; I’m sure the government wouldn’t appreciate that. After all, isn’t one purpose of a university to promote free thinking and revolutionary ideas? The Chinese government will eventually have to change its stance on freedom of expression in order to make this more of a reality. For now, China can try and create great universities from a non-liberal arts point of view.

October 28th, 2005 at 10:45 am


One Response to “China’s Great Universities”

  1. Matt Says:

    ‘Nando

    I think you need to work the name “Fernandongo” into your blog name. Then the crowds will come, you just see!

    One format I like is what quite a few bloggers do–they include only a snippet of the post so that lots of posts can fit on one page, and they include a link allowing the readers to “read on.” They put up a lot of posts, many of them just links to news articles. That would be one way to increase quantity–they would, of course, be your own hand-picked links–without having to come up with so much original material which, I’m sure you’ve discovered, is pretty time-consuming. But that’s just my $.02.

    I’m still wanting to take that girl out, though the opportunity has not come up yet. Sooner or later, it will happen!

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