Survey finds Chinese most appreciative towards their universities

People in Western nations are broadly doubtful about the value that universities represent in their lives, and are especially sceptical about their contributions to reducing societal inequality, a global poll has found.

The survey of more than 10,000 people in 11 countries, by Ipsos MORI and the Policy Institute at King’s College London, showed appreciation for universities ranging from overwhelming in China to decidedly equivocal in the US and Europe.

More than 90 per cent of those contacted in China felt that their universities benefited their country, and nearly as many felt that the institutions helped them personally. About half of those in the US and France saw the national benefit, and fewer than 40 per cent there and in the UK felt that way personally.

Read more : Paul Basken : Times Higher Education : 29 June 2020