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Tang Min: University Walls Shall Be Dismantled

Source: www.caixin.com Date: 2014-09-18

On 13 September, Economist Tang Min engaged in an online exchange on Tencent, with the topic of “universities in the digital age and the development of online education”. He stated the view that walls of universities shall be dismantled.
  Tang Min said that Chinese universities all have walls but foreign universities usually have no walls. By “dismantling the walls”, he doesn’t mean dismantlement in the physical sense or dismantlement of the stone walls. According to him, for universities, the bigger walls lie in class and quality teachers and education, which can only be accessed by students in the top-notch universities. That is actually the biggest wall. 
  Tang Min believes that the walls as enclosure and fetters of communication and ideas are much bigger than physical walls. In the traditional way of education, such walls are unbreakable. But in the Internet age today, with the massive open online courses (MOOC), such walls should be pulled down. Whichever country or university acts first to dismantle them will become the first to benefit. And any student or teacher who acts first to jump out of the walls will also benefit first.

Tang Min said that the massive open online courses will enable more extensive sharing of quality education resources by more people, universities and students. The priority in developing massive open online courses in China shall be to solve three major problems with education in China, i.e. educational equity, employment of university graduates and innovation capacity.