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Unique university passes early test

By Li Yao, Huang Yuli (China Daily)

08:28, April 27, 2012

A university with an innovative philosophy of education in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, has won official recognition from the Ministry of Education, getting one step closer to its bid for autonomy in student enrollment and overall management.

According to a statement released on the ministry's website on Tuesday, the ministry officially approved the establishment of South University of Science and Technology of China, which has a capacity to enroll 8,000 students.

The university made headlines when - as yet unauthorized - it admitted the first batch of 45 students who took the university's own set of exams in early 2011 instead of the national college entrance examination in June.

Zhu Qingshi, the university's president, said the approval is good news and the university can further its higher education experiment on a legal footing.

"Time is very tight to arrange this year's enrollment. The university is working on a plan and will submit it to the Ministry of Education for approval," Zhu said.

Last year, its enrollment plan received approval on Jan 10, only seven weeks ahead of the scheduled beginning of the semester on March 1.

The university is required to follow the ministry's regulations when it considers adding new courses and making other adjustments to its curriculum, said the statement.

The ministry encouraged Guangdong and Shenzhen to increase investment in new campus construction and complete basic facilities within three to four years.

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