In December 2013, China’s Ministry of Education (MoE) released a draft reform plan for Gaokao, China’s national college entrance examination. Open for public discussion, the proposed reforms that received the most attention were those concerning the testing and weighting of English language.
The financial crisis of 2008 brought China’s decades-long reliance on cheap manufacturing exports to induce extraordinary growth and savings rates to a spluttering end. The plan henceforth is to stimulate domestic-led growth through science and innovation. As a consequence China’s universities and research community are now more important than ever within the broader Chinese national vision and economic reform process. And hence, the academic sector is, according to Chinese media, also coming into view of China’s corruption investigators. This piece introduces the nature of the corruption, and some examples of the on-going crackdown. Corruption in the academic sector in China is said to apply mainly to capital expenditure, admissions and…