Challenges to China’s Education and Training System and the New Global Context

  • Carl Dahlman World Bank
  • Douglas Zhihua Zeng World Bank
  • Shuilin Wang World Bank


To put the need for developing a system of lifelong learning for China in context, this chapter begins by summarizing some of the daunting challenges China is facing in education and training. It summarizes some of the key elements of what could be called a knowledge revolution that are making education and training critical elements of competitiveness. It then summarizes some of the key global trends in education and training. It concludes with a section of why investments in education and training are important in this new global context of rapid change and constant restructuring.