Business Commentary for Rational Individuals

China #1 in Producing Ph. Ds

Dr. Bill Belew

Issue IV - July 5, 2006

Introduction by Mr. Stolyarov: China is the number-one country in the world for producing Ph. Ds, but its academic system is afflicted by many of the same problems which plague traditional American universities. Dr. Belew writes about the problems with quality of teaching in China.

China, number one again; it has turned out more Ph.Ds last year than any other country in the world. 

But a Ph. D. does not a good teacher make. Quality of teaching is being seriously questioned in China.

Professors are caught up in

1. The publish or perish mentality

2. Raising funds


3. Attending conferences, making them absent from class.

Gee, it sounds like the same problem there is with traditional colleges in America, no?

As a result, China has had some problems with plagiarism in the recent past.

In the near future, the Chinese universities are likely to have some problems with their students and competition from for-profits who make it into the country, too.

What do you think?


Dr. Bill Belew is a former Intelligence Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. He lived 20 years in Japan, where he started a language school for Japanese ECS. Dr. Belew teaches classes for a vocational school and online for a national university.

See Dr. Belew's blog, PanAsianBiz, for news and discussions about business and current events in Russia and Asia. See ZhongHuaRising for Dr. Belew's reports on business in China, RisingSunofNihon on business in Japan, and TheBizofKnowledge on business education.

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