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China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

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.

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