Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The University Degree: Changing Culture
This degrees culture gotta shift by a large degree or it is not meaningful. But if we pull this off, we might culturally no longer be Chinese. This is not a bad idea if we are the future of Chinese culture. Of course this isn't possible as we are no longer completely Chinese given EL is our first language. Yet we will make ourselves totally interesting to the Chinese though and they will want to learn from us.
The Chinese Scholar culture is increasingly a liability. For our future sake we have to remake this. The beginning is the hardest as it is tantamount to moving a huge huge immovable boulder. We do not have the strength to do this and so we have to look for leverage. I think we are still looking.
We don't have a lot of time to fix this but impatience would not yield results either. The pay gap between non grad and grads must narrow. Fortunately the changing economy is going to help make this possible because everyone will be a knowledge worker. Today's non grad would have to think and work like yesterday's grads. Every piece of equipment and service we provide is embedded with more and more knowledge.
In a sense time is our friend as we gradually respond to the exigencies of the marketplace. On the other hand we must watch our competitors as they will also be doing the same thing. We can't run too fast or slow and we have to experiment with finding the right pace. The pace will vary across the spectrum of industries with the fastest changing offering the best pay and most interesting jobs.
Remaking culture is not a management task to be achieved in a short time. Such change should be almost imperceptible or they will not be entrenched and cannot last. The government is skippering this against a background of much cynicism from what I gather this morning on 93.8 Talk Back show. So to succeed the civil service must be in the vanguard leading this change or we will definitely not change at all. Then we will have many under employed or jobless grads many whom had obtained their degrees from overseas.
Posted by PengYou at 9:03 PM