Caixin
Caixin Global – Latest China News & Headlines

Home >

ABOUT US

CX Tech is Caixin Global's real-time tech news portal, featuring 24-hour news, short-form analysis, and roundups from business and tech media in China.

LATEST
SMIC Profits Soar to $138m in Second Quarter
Foldable Phone-Maker Plans Shenzhen IPO, Dispelling Rumors of U.S. Listing
Astra Inks Oxford Vaccine Production Deal with China’s Kangtai
Trending Story: Are Any New Graduates Really Worth 2 Million Yuan a Year? Netizens Discuss!
Trending in China: Popcorn or Cheaper Tickets - What Would Make You Return to the Cinema?
Tesla Challenger Xpeng Raises $400 Million Before Planned U.S. IPO
CATL Announces it Will Supply Batteries for Mercedes-Benz New Electric Sedan
TikTok Sees No Slowdown in Global Popularity Despite Indian Ban and U.S. Threats
Baidu Search, Sina Weibo on ‘Secret List’ of Chinese Apps Banned in India’s Latest Purge
Trending in China: Choosing a College Major - For Love or Money?
Evergrande Health Forges Ahead With Six New Electric Vehicles
Trending in China: How Cute Rabbit Ears Are On the Frontline in Fight Between Delivery Firms
Chinese Company Files Lawsuit Against Apple’s Siri for Patent Infringement Worth Billions
China Home to Six of the World’s Top 10 Unicorns, Hurun Report Says
Trending in China: Can Music Streamers Help Users’ Depression?
Core Parts of China’s Beidou Satellite System ‘100% Made in China’
Trending in China: Xiaomi CEO’s Shows How Best To Harness China’s Social Media Humor for Serious Business
Apple Takes Down Over 30,000 Apps from China Store Amid Government Crackdown
Chinese Chipmaker SMIC to Establish Joint Venture for Wafer Production
Microsoft Said Plan to Acquire TikTok Will Continue
Trending in China: Undergraduate Degree in Housekeeping — Valuable Asset or Waste of Resources?

Yilin Chen / Jul 31, 2020 06:05 PM / Trending Stories

What’s trending?

Shanghai Open University, an adult higher education institution, has raised eyebrows with its plan to offer an undergraduate degree in housekeeping, the first in the city. Established as a vocational program in 2012, the curriculum teaches practical skills such as cleaning, cooking, and floral decoration, as well as theoretical knowledge of sociology and psychology. Pending government approval, admissions for the undergraduate program will begin as early as spring 2021.

What’s the story?

Across China, the housekeeping market is growing rapidly, a study by online classified ad giant 58.com shows. Housekeepers in major cities reported average monthly earnings of 8,875 yuan ($1,270) in 2019, on par with that of many college graduates. Over 70% of people described housekeeping as an “indispensable” service. However, social stigma surrounding the job — such as illiteracy and bad manners — often deters people from pursuing it as a career and makes consumers think twice before choosing a housekeeper.

Seeing a rising demand for housekeepers, colleges have begun setting up relevant vocational and undergraduate degree programs, but some have been struggling to keep them running amid low enrollment rates and negative social perception. The situation improved slightly with national and local policies to support the business. In December, Shanghai announced a series of health care and housing subsidies for housekeepers, effective this May.

The current vocational program at Shanghai Open University enrolls a variety of students from young mothers to soon-to-be retirees, attracted by the high demand for well-educated housekeepers, according to China News Service. With plans for an undergraduate program, the university hopes to train well-rounded housekeepers geared toward high-end consumers and management positions at housekeeping firms.

What are people saying online?

“This is good news,” one user commented. “Right now it’s hard to distinguish the good housekeepers from the bad in a disorganized job market.” While some worry that undergraduates will feel pressured to redefine themselves in a world where housekeepers can receive college diplomas, others argue that it is the housekeeping profession itself that should be redefined. “People need to realize that the evolving housekeeping industry demands knowledge and talent beyond basic cooking and cleaning,” another user wrote.

Meanwhile, many people argue that there needs to be less stigma surrounding housekeeping before vocational programs can be upgraded to real majors. In response, several college students said, “Don’t worry. I’m already tempted by the high earnings of housekeepers.”

Contact editor Heather Mowbray (heathermowbray@caixin.com)


Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code