The value of a University degree: you get to play pop concerts in China

Feb 11, 2013

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The Guardian reports that the Chinese authorities are none too pleased with Elton John because of his admiration for Ai Weiwei.

The singer’s remarks even prompted the culture minister, Cai Wu, to demand that only stars with university degrees be allowed to play in China in future, according to two sources. They said that days after the concert, Cai gathered those who deal with visiting foreign artists and announced that only graduates should be given performance licences. One source said officials believed it would be difficult to implement the edict, and both suggested it may have been a spur of the moment comment.

Sounds as thought they are backtracking, but I suspect it is not the most preposterous use of ‘certification’ to limit talent, or who can do what, when and where. Is this why people love all these honorary degrees?

Post by Jonathan Rees

Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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