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China's Short-Sighted Move to Eliminate Less Lucrative College Majors

The Chinese Ministry of Education will eliminate fields of study from which fewer than 60 percent of graduates get jobs.


The latest twist in the debate over the purpose of a college education comes from China, where entire fields of study will be eliminated because they don't lead to jobs. The Chinese Ministry of Education announced last week that college majors from which the employment rate for graduates falls below 60 percent for two years in a row will be downsized or axed completely.

The Chinese government hasn’t announced which majors could be on the chopping block, but according to The Wall Street Journal, some schools are already cutting programs in areas of study—Russian, for example—that don’t directly prepare graduates for the country’s manufacturing sector.

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