• Growth Challenges

    Next-Gen Innovative Shenzhen

      In late 1996 Tony Blair as then UK Opposition leader famously said, “Ask me my three main priorities for government and I tell you education, education, education”. In more visionary an echo of that call, speaking at the biennial conference of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) in June 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for China’s science and technology development to be directed to  “Innovation, Innovation and Innovation”. A fresh glance at newly and first-ever citywide innovation zone Shenzhen suggests China’s ability to respond to Xi’s call is more advanced than most outside of China realise.  

  • Education

    Studying Tourism in China: The Top 20 Schools

    The tourism industry demands a wide range of skills of its talent pool – mobility, multi-lingualism, ability to serve, cultural awareness and operational management skills among them. The tourism industry in China is growing faster than the national rate of growth, and added nearly $US1trn to GDP last year.  Yet China’s tourism industry is unprepared for the scale and speed of its own ascent. China’s “Hawaii”, Sanya, for example is reporting a shortage of English-speakers with proficient international-level tourism industry acumen to fill vacancies. Getting the right people to the right vacancies may require a change in the way tourism talent is developed, one starting point for which are China’s…

  • Education

    Five Reasons to do a Degree in China; and Five not to

    An increasing number of students from around the world are enrolling in degree-programs in China. Additionally, an increasing number of joint-PhD and joint-degree programs are being set up between Chinese and non-Chinese universities, largely for graduate students, but also including undergraduate degrees. For persons contemplating their future study choices, this piece presents a short list of five reasons to do a degree in China, and five reasons not to, that might be a useful reference point. Five Reasons to do a Research Degree in China:  1. Language:One of the deepest linguistic dives is to study in a second language, lifting your language from an every day skill to a more professional…