China to Eliminate College Majors That Produce Unemployable Grads

Got a college degree but couldn't find a job? Not going to be a problem in China!

The ever practical China's Ministry of Education has the perfect solution to college graduates that can't find jobs: eliminate the college majors producing unemployable people. Problem solved!

Much like the U.S., China is aiming to address a problematic demographic that has recently emerged: a generation of jobless graduates. China’s solution to that problem, however, has some in the country scratching their heads.

China’s Ministry of Education announced this week plans to phase out majors producing unemployable graduates, according to state-run media Xinhua. The government will soon start evaluating college majors by their employment rates, downsizing or cutting those studies in which the employment rate for graduates falls below 60% for two consecutive years.

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"We can certainly do away with degrees like theology or philosophy but doing away with the sciences is only going to get them in trouble down the road."

I wonder what universities and colleges ants would have if ants had universities and colleges.

Students need to learn practical stuff, which doesn't necessarily happen in schools, but schools need to make students less insular and more well-rounded.
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Ah, the joys of central planning.

I will note that music majors tend to be pretty good programmers. :) It's all about the patterns.

I had an instructor in CS one time - he got a PhD in abstract algebra, then discovered that there were a grand total of two teaching positions in abstract algebra in the US at that time, and they were both filled. So he went back and did a postdoc in CS so he could get a job. He was not the best CS instructor I ever had...
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Why have Universities? Why not just a bunch of trade schools? Education is about more than the degree.

"We can certainly do away with degrees like theology or philosophy but doing away with the sciences is only going to get them in trouble down the road." Wow. Just...wow.
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