China to eliminate majors with low employment rates

The Chinese government is stepping in to try and make it easier for college graduates to find jobs - by getting rid of majors that don’t have good job prospects. Any major that has a less than 60 percent employment rate for two consecutive years will be phased out, according to China Daily

China, like many countries around the world, has been grappling with youth unemployment in recent years, but its problems are exacerbated by its huge population. In 2012, 6.8 million students will graduate and flood the job market, according to the ministry of education. 

The plan to eliminate majors is just one of many steps the ministry is taking. It “has ordered education authorities at all levels to take measures which can help graduates find jobs,” the China Daily reported. “The measures include offering tuition-waivers or repayments for loans to graduates who work in remote areas or the countryside, encouraging small- and medium-sized enterprises as well as tiny firms to employ college graduates and asking universities and research institutes to employ fresh graduates to take part in research projects.”  

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