What are problems with China's university presidents?

08:28, May 26, 2010      

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In order to accelerate the construction of world-class universities in China, the Ministry of Education and the State Foreign Experts Bureau of China decided to organize overseas training for university leaders, according to a report from Beijing News.

There will be 100 university leaders participating in the training in Japan, the United States, Britain and Australia. This unprecedented move triggered the public's concern over the role of university presidents.

How much influence do university presidents have on the university?

A recent survey conducted by the Social Investigation Center of China Youth Daily through Public Opinion in China, and Tencent Education shows that more than 92 percent of respondents believe that the president has a major impact on the development of a university and more than 63 percent believe the impact is great, according to 1,555 respondents.

What are the problems with university presidents? According to the survey, more than 81 percent of respondents believe "valuing official titles" and commercial operations eroded the soul of the university, 72 percent believe that the university evaluation system is unreasonable and the university lacks reasonable supervision and dismissal mechanisms, less than 67 percent believe that the system of selecting and appointing presidents is unreasonable, more than 47 percent believed that too few people have a sense of mission on education, and 44 percent believe that presidents cannot contribute much because of the limitation of the system of fixed tenures and retirement age.

By People's Daily Online


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