2017-09-21 16:33:08评论 职场 海外学历 价值

During the past few decades, thesocial opinion on overseas education has changed. News reportsabout youths returning after studying abroad, which costs hundredsof thousands of dollars, but ending up with low-paying jobs havemade people wonder whether it’s still worth sending their childrenoverseas for education. Two education experts share their views onthe issue.


Unfair to label overseas diplomas’worthless’


As a young teacher working in aChinese college after earning a college degree in the UnitedStates, I have to say that it’s neither fair nor respectful tolabel an overseas college degree "meaningless". Social attitudetoward overseas returned students has changed from widespreadappreciation to bias. This calls for employers to analyze differentcases differently.


That more and more Chinese studentshave easier access to overseas education than before does notnecessarily mean overseas degrees have become worthless. Forexample, majors such as journalism, finance and engineering, areactually "imported goods". They did not exist in China, let alonethe other majors in overseas universities that still have the bestrankings around the world. So there’s no ground for questioning thequality of education Chinese students receive abroad. Take themajor of business journalism I teach at the University ofInternational Business and Economics. This major in Arizona StateUniversity ranks 1st in the US, and I believe people in China havebarely heard the name of this university.


Employers should not seek onlycandidates with Ivy League college degrees, but they should not bedeceived by degrees from some mysterious universities overseaseither. That is to say, they should not go toextremes.


It’s good to see students becomingincreasingly competitive thanks to their diversified academicbackgrounds. Now it’s time for employers to evolve, to have theability to differentiate between good and bad, in order toformulate a basic cognitive system to evaluate the quality ofcandidates who have studied abroad, as they cannot be identified askey universities like China. This will allow employers tocomprehensively evaluate the candidates’ educational qualificationsand personal abilities.


Overseas returned talents stillrare


News about youths returning afterearning a college degree and working for a few years abroad landinga job in China for a monthly salary of only 7,000 yuan ($1,089),much less than his or her pay overseas, prompts some people tobelieve overseas college degrees have lost theirvalue.


In the 1980s, the students who gotgovernment funding to study abroad were selected from hundreds ofthousands of candidates. In the 1990s, the number of self-fundedstudents increased, but most of them usually obtained theirbachelor’s degree from a top Chinese university such as TsinghuaUniversity or Peking University and then proceeded overseas forhigher studies.


Now anyone whose parents can affordto pay can get admitted to a college overseas. And in their blindrace to get an overseas college degree, students even enroll inalmost unknown or unrecognized colleges. However, of the about544,500 Chinese students studying abroad in2016an overwhelming498,200 of them self-fundedonly 390,000 returned toChina. And most of them were undergraduate or junior collegestudents, with only 5 percent being PhD candidates. This showstalents with cutting-edge skills rarely return and are stillprecious "commodity".


According to a rough estimate, giventhe current situation of the job market, a person with three years’work experience will usually receive higher pay and bettertreatment than one holding a master’s degree. So operationalcapability and work experience are the two key factors that reallymatter in the long run, while a college degree is just a key toopen the door to your career.







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