Accelerating China

Three steps to align China’s higher education system to growth

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Executive overview

Authors: Michael King

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, VP & General Manager, Global Education Industry, IBM Industry Academy Member,
Anthony Marshall

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, Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value, IBM Global Business Services,
Lucy Qu

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, Managing Consultant,
Po Yang

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, Associate Professor,
Dave Zaharchuk

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, Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value

With favorable demographics, China’s economic growth has catapulted millions into the middle class and made China an essential element of global supply chains. However, as global business adapts to a rapid sequence of technological shocks, the skills that once could be relied upon to sustain ever-increasing growth are no longer sufficient. Disruptive technologies are creating new types of business and engagement models that require a different set of skills around creativity, collaboration, innovation, sophisticated analysis and communication. Chinese business leaders are identifying a widening gap between their rapidly changing needs and the types of skills higher education institutions are helping to build. This executive report provides a three-step approach to redress the growing skills and capabilities gap and help enable China to sustain its position as a global economic power.