MoE Issues List of 234 Terminated Joint Programs
In June, the MoE issued a notice containing a list of 234 joint programs (229 joint programs and 5 joint institutes) which were terminated to demonstrate its commitment to evaluation and quality control. The main reasons for terminating these programs were: insufficient importation of high quality overseas education resources, poor teaching quality, insufficient core discipline capacity, and lack of internal support.
The notice pointed out that many terminated programs have poor student satisfaction and low enrolment, making it impossible for the programs to continue. WANG Qicai, Deputy Dean of the Philosophy and Legal Institute of Shanghai Normal University, pointed out that some terminated programs served their purpose at the time, but were unable to evolve to meet today’s needs. On the other hand, some programs were voluntarily withdrawn with both parties’ consent. The terminated programs include those with top Chinese universities such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University, Zhejiang University and Fudan University. Heilongjiang province topped the list with the greatest number of terminated programs, taking half of the combined sum. None of the terminated programs currently have students enrolled in them.
To date there are a total of 1,090 MoE-approved joint programs and institutes at the undergraduate level and above.
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