Are Chinese universities of lower quality? Currently there are more than 200,000 Chinese students in the US. Are Chinese universities perceived to be lower quality than Western ones? Do overseas graduates have an advantage in the Chinese job market?
Answered by: Javi San Millán
回答者：哈维·圣米兰(Javi San Millán)
Hi! I have studied abroad both in the US (at University of California Berkeley) and in China (at University of Nottingham Ningbo China) and, based on my experience, I would not say that Chinese universities are necessarily of a lower quality. I definitely think that Berkeley was a great university (although, as always, not perfect), but I felt that UNNC was very good as well. I think there is a couple of things that should be remarked on this topic:
American higher education sector has historically been super prestigious, well-funded and very international. Much of the top-quality research is conducted in the US and many of the best professors on the globe may be teaching in America. However, there are many dark sides on this. On the one hand, access to higher education in the US is tremendously unequal: year by year many low-income and minority students are unfairly deprived of the opportunity to go to university in direct ways (e.g. unaffordable tuition fees) or in an indirect manner (for example, underfunded public schools in black communities that trigger bad results in SAT). On the other hand, the US concentrates many of the top universities of the world, but most of its universities are far from that level. There is a myriad of universities in the US that are of a very bad quality and that do not receive the media and social scrutiny that they should receive.
Chinese universities are improving a lot and are becoming more and more prestigious. Some of its top universities are already competitive at an international level - and this is progressively flipping this traditional trend of more overseas students than foreign students in China that you mentioned. In particular, I can say that University of Nottingham Ningbo, where I studied, was academically good: most of its professors were excellent at teaching and I feel that they really promoted research abilities and critical thinking. It is true that UNNC may be an exception in China because of it being part of the England-based University of Nottingham, but my point is that I would not necessarily believe Chinese universities are of a lower quality.
中国的大学进步了很多，而且越来越有声望。它的一些顶尖大学已经在国际层面上具有竞争力-这正在逐步扭转你提到的在中国的留学生多于外国学生的传统趋势。特别是，我可以说，我就读的宁波诺丁汉大学在学术上是很好的：它的大多数教授都很擅长教学，我觉得他们确实促进了研究能力和批判性思维的发展。诚然，北大在中国可能是一个例外，因为它是英国诺丁汉大学(University Of Nottingham)的一部分，但我的观点是，我不一定相信中国的大学质量较低。