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
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
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