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Social Legacies in China’s Later Massification of Higher Education in the Socioeconomic Context of the 21st Century

Yuran Tao

University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.

*Corresponding author: Yuran Tao

Published: December 27,2022


China’s massification of higher education (HE) was considered beneficial to individual and regional economic growth and offers greater access to education to a larger population. China, as a late comer in HE massification, has reached the massified era in a short period. However, massive HE has left legacies of high unemployment rate, declining quality of graduates, and social inequalities caused by high tuition fees. This research reviews relevant works of literature, aiming to investigate how the late massification caused social conflicts in the socioeconomic context nowadays, additionally, responded policies including a quality assurance system, stratification of HE, and vocational education reform will be reviewed and evaluated. Future reform of policy implies that innovation should continue focusing on graduate stratification and employment-oriented curriculum development. Moreover, a larger number of employment opportunities could be provided for the socioeconomic society by growing private enterprises and stimulating entrepreneurship of university students, therefore, bring about the staying power of HE massification.


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Social Legacies in China's Later Massification of Higher Education in the Socioeconomic Context of the 21st Century

How to cite this paper: Yuran Tao. (2022). Social Legacies in China's Later Massification of Higher Education in the Socioeconomic Context of the 21st Century. The Educational Review, USA6(11), 781-787.