Chinese Favor Top Unis, Firms More Than in US, Research Reveals

July 17, 2017
Editor: Alice Shang

Nearly twice as many Chinese students prefer to attend one of their country's top 10 universities and go on to work for big firms, in comparison to their counterparts in the U.S., according to latest research.

The report from University of Michigan says that 58 percent of Chinese students prefer top 10 universities while that figure in the States is 29 percent.

The university collected data from more than 600 students from China and the U.S.

In terms of career expectations, 27 percent of Chinese students favor big companies, compared with 14 percent in the States.

The culture a person is immersed in shapes that person's priorities, according to the authors, who say that in Asia, reputation plays a vital role in determining someone's future.

Attending a good American university can still lead to a good reputation, the report says.

However, according to the study, the number of leaders of the top Fortune 100 companies who attended Ivy League universities dropped between 1980 and 2011.

The authors suggest students think twice before pursuing studies at a leading college.

Nothing is a certainty in the business sector. However, in the academic world, studying at an elite university can make things more assured, researchers suggested.

Statistically, tenured professors were three times as likely to have graduated from top 10 universities in comparison to those who studied at colleges ranking from 11-20.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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