科举 -Concours -Scholars : Exams Origin

Very good and brief summary of ancient Chinese Exams system (科举 \keju in Mandarin or \Kor-cou in Fujian 福建 where 16th century French Jesuit missionaries stationed in coastal China), copied by French competitive “Concours” (Entrance exams to elite universities Grandes Écoles) in 18th century, England’s Civil Servant Exams, Singapore Government elite scholars in Admins Services.

The Exams system has good and bad influences. Good being it is democratic and meritocratic, bad being prone to cheating.

Ancient Chinese Examination System Made Relevant:
http://lampinfoo.com/2010/04/30/ancient-chinese-examination-system-made-relevant/ 

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