Category: Education

China: Is foreign study worth it?

By Wu Wenjing

Beita Yang, who had studied in New York for about eight years, works for a securities firm in Shenzhen.

Yang spent around $600,000 for her studies in the United States. She was determined to stay in America after her graduation. However, she found that although she had a master’s degree in America, it was hard for her to find a good job there. She had to come back to China for work and earns around $1,500 per month.

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Jinan University: A language problem?

By Boreum Kim

Nazihah Naim, an exchange student from Brunei, is listening to what is supposed to be a lecture in English at Jinan University. With a wry look, she says, “Here it goes again.” And other students sitting next to her nod their heads with drawn faces.

What happened in the class is that the professor speaks in Chinese so they could not understand. Her friend, Bon Mei Yean, also an exchange student from Brunei, can speak a little Chinese and is trying to translate to her friends what the professor is talking. This happens a lot to exchange students.

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Education: ‘Cram schools’ a necessary evil

By Liang Anlin

Jianhong Li is emphatic about her attitude. “I’m really ambivalent about it,” she says repeatedly in an interview.

By “it” she means sending her daughter to extracurricular tutoring, commonly called “cram school,” because of its intensive nature. When asked why, she says, “It costs a fortune, and my child has to give up her spare time.”

Parents, however, have little choice. If they want their children to have good academic performance and eventually enter a good college after the gaokao, sending their kids to cram schools seems like a must.

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