With favorable demographics, China’s economic growth has catapulted millions into the middle class and made China an essential element of global supply chains. However, as global business adapts to a rapid sequence of technological shocks, the skills that once could be relied upon to sustain ever-increasing growth are no longer sufficient. Disruptive technologies are creating new types of business and engagement models that require a different set of skills around creativity, collaboration, innovation, sophisticated analysis and communication. Chinese business leaders are identifying a widening gap between their rapidly changing needs and the types of skills higher education institutions are helping to build. This executive report provides a three-step approach to redress the growing skills and capabilities gap and help enable China to sustain its position as a global economic power.

Featured findings

62% of Chinese executives surveyed say that the higher education model is no longer sufficiently aligned to the needs of industry
72% of Chinese executives surveyed say that industry and educators need to collaborate more effectively to refine and develop curricula
74% of Chinese executives surveyed say that industry and educators need to collaborate to more effectively deliver higher education to students

About the authors

Michael King

Michael King
Vice President, Global Education Industry
IBM Sales and Distribution

Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall
Research Director
IBM Institute for Business Value

Lucy Qu

Lucy Qu
Managing Consultant
IBM China Institute of Government Innovation

Po Yang

Po Yang
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Peking University

Dave Zaharchuk

Dave Zaharchuk
Global Government and Education Industry Lead
IBM Institute for Business Value

Ying Zhan

Ying Zhan
Managing Consultant
IBM Institute for Business Value China

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