Jobless China Graduates Pose Stability Challenge, Neusoft Says

The large number of Chinese college graduates who are unable to find jobs creates a “social stability challenge” for China, said Liu Jiren, chairman of software maker Neusoft Corp.

Students have a “big gap” in skills as compared with the requirements of international companies, making it more difficult for them to find jobs, Liu said. Only about 15 percent of graduates from Chinese universities have the communication and management skills needed to be internationally competitive, Liu said at the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos meeting in the Chinese city of Tianjin.

“As for what skills are needed, most university professors don’t give it any thought,” Liu said. Neusoft, based in the northern city of Shenyang, is part owned by Intel Corp.

Unemployed graduates may become “underdogs” who blame their situations on an unfair social system and become a source of unrest, Yu Jianrong, director of the Social Problem Research Center at the Rural Development Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, wrote in the China Daily newspaper last month. More than a quarter of this year’s 6.3 million Chinese graduates are unemployed, according to the Ministry of Education.