This report is based on work done by a team of World Bank staff and consultants who visited China during 1993–94. The team comprised Hena Mukherjee (Task Manager), Chung Yue Ping, John Fielden, Ruth Hayhoe, He Jin, Marjorie Lenn, Min Weifang and Kin Bing Wu. Zhang Yanhong managed the institutional data, Cao Xiaonan assisted with the updating of supporting research, and Ibrahim Dione assisted with data entry. Insightful comments from Thomas O. Eisemon, Josephine Douek-Hykin and William Saint were appreciated.
The study could not have been completed without the close cooperation of the Finance Department of the State Education Commission, Beijing, the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, Education Commissions at provincial and municipal levels of Anhui, Guangdong, Sichuan, and Shanghai, and the higher education institutions the team was privileged to visit. Their support is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks are also due to senior government officials and the Chinese academic community for their comments and contributions at the Report Dissemination Seminar held in Beijing in April 1995. The seminar was jointly organized by the Finance Department of the State Education Commission and the World Bank.
The earlier version was prepared by Sandra Erb and Cao Xiaonan. This report was edited by Cao Xiaonan and Shobhana Sosale. Meredith J. Dearborn worked on the desktop publication of the report. The study was carried out under the supervision of Vinay K. Bhargava and completed under the general direction of Joseph Goldberg. The Director is Nicholas C. Hope and the Lead Economist is Richard S. Newfarmer.