Pollution, congestion, population density and sky-high housing costs are among factors inspiring an emerging joint development plan for neighbouring Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province. This would involve relocation of some activities from Beijing to surrounding areas. A recent China Daily article, ‘Move colleges out of capital”, suggests this might include relocation of some universities. Here we take a leap forward, and ponder if Hebei might even be earmarked to become Cambridgeshire 3.0.
China’s economy is increasingly being steered away from low-tech manufacturing and rather toward high-tech and talent rich economic drivers. China’s universities – the producers of the majority of China’s educated talent pool – are thus of rising in importance, inside and also outside of China. Despite this, only Peking and Tsinghua universities are international academic brands.