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Chinese Universities, Media Climb Steep Learning Curve to 21st Century

By Yang Ge
Zhang Taofu is deputy dean for graduate and undergraduate affairs at the Fudan University School of Journalism. Photo: Yang Ge/Caixin
Zhang Taofu is deputy dean for graduate and undergraduate affairs at the Fudan University School of Journalism. Photo: Yang Ge/Caixin

(Shanghai) — Education and the media have both changed dramatically in China over the last three decades, and nowhere are those changes on greater display than at Shanghai’s Fudan University, home to one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism schools.

Academia in China has undergone a radical transformation since the 1980s, as China tries to create a system that can make meaningful contributions to the global advancement of knowledge. But the challenges are huge in a country where plagiarism is still quite common, factionalism exists within institutions, and academic papers are often published in magazines whose main criteria is whether the author is willing to pay their fees.

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