Shanghai’s universities will implement flexible school terms in the near future, allowing students to suspend their studies in order to start their own businesses. The city’s education department is also considering adding innovation and entrepreneurship education as part of teachers’ performance assessments, reported by eastday.com. Other measures to boost innovation and entrepreneurship will include government support for universities to invite famed scientists and entrepreneurs to share their knowledge with students. During a forum in Shanghai on Dec 15, Sun Hongbin of Tsinghua University commented that college students in China generally lack the spirit of adventure, preferring to take jobs that provide them with a clear career path over the long term. He added that higher education institutions in China should explore ways to help youth nurture a spirit for adventure and entrepreneurship.
Forbes China on Dec 13 released a guide to overseas education, which explores the landscape of international education and the status quo of overseas education. It revealed that those who have returned to China following the completion of their overseas education are now entering industries such as Internet, new energy, robotics and big data, as compared to the past when most chose the finance and science sectors. According to Kang Jian, editor of Forbes China, many of these returnees are also looking to start their own businesses. A joint effort with international education consultant agency Elite Young Education, the guide also included a list of the most popular international schools in Beijing and Shanghai. Eight schools from Shanghai made it to the list, including Shanghai American School, Dulwich College Shanghai and Shanghai World Foreign Language Middle School.