China to reform university programs to emphasize skills

China's education minister says some of the country's universities should gradually reform their curricula to produce graduates with technical skills that better match the needs of the labor market.

Yuan Guiren said Thursday at a news conference on the sidelines of the annual national congress that most of the more than 2,500 Chinese universities and colleges focus on theory and scholarship while few teach applied skills.

A record 7.65 million students will graduate from college this year, putting pressure on the government to find them proper employment or risk turning them into a source of social instability.

Yuan says Beijing will encourage graduates to be enterprising while actively helping them find jobs.