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Learner Reviews & Feedback for China’s Economic Transformation Part 1: Economic Reform and Growth in China by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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About the Course

In 1978, after nearly 30 years of socialist planning under Mao Zedong, China was one of the world’s poorest countries, saddled with an inefficient, inward-looking economy. Today, China is an upper-middle income country and the world’s largest trading nation, contributing more to global economic growth than any other nation. How could such a remarkable transformation take place? This course will examine in detail the reforms that have contributed to China’s economic development and the current challenges facing the Chinese economy. After completing this course, you will be able to: - describe the origin and consequences of China’s key economic reforms since 1978; - explain how features of China’s fiscal and financial systems have impacted development outcomes; - assess the extent to which China has integrated itself into the global economy and the consequences of such integration for China and other countries; - explain the importance of different sources of economic growth during different periods since 1978; and - critically assess the economic and policy challenges facing China going forward. This course does not offer certificate at the moment. Course Overview video:

Top reviews


Aug 19, 2018

A great course for anyone interested in learning about China. You can expect your perceptions of China, along with the driving forces behind China's rapid transformation, to be challenged.


Nov 23, 2021

It is very useful course. Can some body help me in send link for the Part 2, 3, 4? After learning part 1, I can not find part 2,3,4 for such a long time.\n\nThank so much.

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26 - 42 of 42 Reviews for China’s Economic Transformation Part 1: Economic Reform and Growth in China

By Yan C

Apr 3, 2021

Offered great insight about China's economic growth!

By Chris-Okoro I C

Jul 15, 2020

This experience was just excellent. I learnt a lot.


Dec 26, 2021

Excellent course is great, Thanks You Albert Park


May 21, 2018

I learned so much in this course. Thank you.

By Juan A S A

Dec 5, 2019

Great knowledge about China's reforms

By Gabriel C d C

Aug 11, 2020

Excellent course. Waiting for part 2

By Enrique A M

Nov 11, 2021

Thanks for this course about chinas

By Saúl U R

Oct 23, 2020

So helpful for economics students

By Muhammad U F

Apr 15, 2020

Excellent course and delivery

By Shem I A

Mar 2, 2020

An enlightening course

By Floriano F

Jul 23, 2017

Great course. Thanks!

By Boris K

Jan 19, 2018


By Roberto

Jul 20, 2017

Good introduction of economic reforms in China since 1978 and their impact on Chinese economy. A must to understand the huge success of this nation, the current debate on China as an unfair competitor vs the US, the challenges ahead to escape the "middle income trap" and enter the high earning countries league.

A basic understanding of economy is not essential but helps in understanding the most technical concepts.


Apr 29, 2020

Very insightful course. I particular like the integration of lectures, panel interviews, and company visits. To make the course even better, I may suggest to update figures and numbers in the charts. Looking forward to Part 2.

By Aidan L

Sep 12, 2021

Solid coverage of Chinas Economic growth over the last half century, covering the macro and political drivers, development economics and economic geography.

By David C

May 16, 2020

Lots of information on China's Economics culture. So much information it's hard to fathom and retain it all.


Aug 6, 2020

great course to have a brief understanding of China's economic reform :)