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City school spending need do better

SHANGHAI is spending less on schooling than many other cities and areas in the Asia-Pacific region, according to new research.

The competitiveness report issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University yesterday, placed Western Australia top for investment in the elementary and secondary education.

Singapore came second, with Hong Kong sixth in the table of 33 leading cities and areas.

Shanghai was placed 22nd in the survey.

Hong Kong and Singapore spend 20 percent of their budgets on education, but Shanghai is still working to commit 15 percent of spending in this area.

Shanghai was ranked 18th for its overall performance in the study that also considered factors such as research and development, and communications.

For investment into R&D, the city was also placed 18th.

Overseas firms are still generous on R&D investment, despite economic concerns, said Luo Shougui, a major researcher.

The city was ranked 20th for its information and communications technology infrastructure.


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