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A leading university in the country's financial hub –Shanghai — has launched a special business program catering to students from wealthy families who are expected to take over the reins of their family's enterprises. (China Daily)

Ooof. That's my initial reaction.

Isn't this almost emblematic of the worst tendencies of modern China and the problems associated with breakneck economic growth? If you ever needed justification for rebalancing the domestic economy, maybe this is it.

The dean of the school's overseas study department tries valiantly to dress up the program in what sounds to me like Confucianist principles, but I'm not buying into the spin.

We believe that entrepreneurs can be trained with the proper approach. We hope to cultivate more entrepreneurs who can commit to the responsibilities of the family as well as society, and meanwhile master advanced business knowledge and management skills[.]

Yeah, maybe some of these people have some common experiences that can be dealt with collectively in a program like this. But I think it's absurd to believe that getting them together at an elite university (this is Jiaotong we're talking about), where they will be mostly interacting with other rich elite people, will not exacerbate the social disconnections brought about by the ever-widening income gap in this country.

What I'm going to say next will no doubt be thought of as historically tone deaf. It is, and a bit outrageous, but I'll press on anyway.

Simply put, some of these rich kids, in addition to good educations at elite universities, need to be sent back to the countryside to learn how the other half lives.

To sum up: this new program sounds good for the university in terms of revenue, catering to powerful families, and maybe PR. But good for society? Very doubtful.

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