Status of Education
Although China's literacy rate is high at over 90% (as of 2006), colleges and universities often lack the resources to acquire the kinds of professional books and publications needed to meet the changing demands of China's rapidly growing economy and increasingly open and dynamic society of 1.3 billion people. Since 2002, the Ministry of Education has promoted English as a compulsory subject beginning in grade 3 in both urban and rural schools.
In China, Books for Asia focuses on higher education. Each year, 80,000 new books contributed by American publishers reach more than 200 universities in 27 provinces. The vast majority of the books are professional texts related to critical development topics such as economics, finance, business, engineering, medicine, nursing, architecture, and computer science.
Project and Partner Highlights
Special Collections of Environmental and Law Books. In 2010, Books for Asia donated specially selected books on best practices in environmental protection and policy to the Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, Center of Environmental Education and Communication, Ministry of Environmental Protection. American and European legal texts were donated to the State Council Legislative Affairs Office and Supreme People's Court.
Major Publisher Donors: international Monetary Fund, TESOL, Abrams, Stylus, Pearson, Lynne Rienner, W.W. Norton & Company, and Island Press.
Wang Hanyan, Office Manager
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