Statistic Report on Tuition Fee in Mainland China

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A STATISTICAL REPORT OF
THE TUITION FEE OF
UNIVERSITIES
IN MAINLAND CHINA

Nov 20th 2008
CONTENTS
PAGE BACKGROUND ……………………………………………………………………………… 3

OBJECTIVES ……………………………………………………………………………… 3

METHODOLOGY ……………………………………………………………………………… 4

ANALYSIS ……………………………………………………………………………… 5 RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TUITION FEE
AND THE RANKING 5
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TUITION FEE
AND THE WORLD STANDARD 6
PROVINCES IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE HYPOTHESIS 8

CONCLUSION ……………………………………………………………………………… 11

LIMITATIONS ……………………………………………………………………………… 12

APPENDIX 1 ……………………………………………………………………………… 13

APPENDIX 2 ……………………………………………………………………………… 15

BACKGROUND
In today’s world, human resource is a significant factor to determine the strength of a country or a district. And university education is considered as a core part to develop the human resource. When talking about a university, the tuition fee will be the topic people concern about.

As we know, the tuition fee of all Hong Kong universities is HK$ 42,100 for local students, which is different from the situation in Mainland China. First, tuition fee always varies in different universities, even in different majors of the same university. Second, except for some art academies, the range of tuition fee is from RMB 3,000 to 8,000 per year, which seems much less than that in Hong Kong. Nevertheless, it is often reported in the news that some students from poor families dropped out of school because of the economic pressure. Even some families in the rural areas sell their houses or cattle to support their children to get access to university education.

How do these differences come about? Do universities with higher ranking charge higher tuition fee? In respect to different economic conditions, is the tuition fee reasonable in certain countries or areas?

OBJECTIVES
In this report, we aim to gain an insight into tuition fee of universities in Mainland China through conducting statistical analysis of 100 universities sampled from top 600, using per capita GDP as the base to evaluate tuition fee.

METHODOLOGY
Sources
The data is collected from the Internet, so does the news about tuition fee. The main information is a list of top 600 universities in Mainland China and a list of per capita GDP of every province in mainland China.

Sampling Method
The sample size is determined to be 100 and the systematic sampling method is chosen. According to the method, 600 parameters are divided into 100 groups. Therefore, every group contains 6 universities (k=N/n=600/100=6). In the first group, the 2nd item is selected at random. Then, we select the remaining 99 items by taking every 2nd item in the remaining 99 groups thereafter.

Data Processing of Tuition Fee
Most of our sample universities are comprehensive universities and the tuition fee varies from major to major. For convenience, data is selected based on the following two steps: ➢ Eliminate the extreme value;

➢ Select the median tuition fee of different majors as the representative For example, the following is the tuition fee charged for different majors in the University of International Relations (UIR). |Major/Department |Tuition (RMB per person per year) | |English |6000 | |Japanese |6000 | |French |6000 | |International Politics & Economics...
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