Long considered a sleeping giant, China’s population is more than a billion people. The profession of teaching has traditionally been a respected one, and it is now in demand more than ever. While their population is enormous, China still believes in educating their children. Like many of the more progressive countries, it has made public education a priority. Any child over the age of six must attend school, and each child is entitled to go to school for the first nine years as part of the government’s compulsory attendance policy.
While teaching primary and secondary schooling to the young has become a major goal, educating older students as well as foreign students is another education goal of the government. The Chinese government has enacted Project 211 to strengthen its own universities, and it has developed Project 985 to create universities that will attract local and foreign students with world-class teaching in a modern setting.