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China Wants Fewer College Grads, More Skilled Workers. Sound Familiar?

The U.S. and China differ in many ways. But when it comes to education, there’s one striking similarity. In both countries a mismatch exists between what young people learn and the skills employers need. Just as in the U.S., China’s university graduates—some 7 million each year—are struggling to find jobs.

Now China has a new approach to fixing its problematic education system: It will train many more of its young people in skills-based vocational institutions (China has both vocational high schools and vocational colleges), rather than having them go to regular high schools and universities for academic studies, reports the China Daily today.