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Man who failed Gaokao becomes youngest college president
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13:48, August 03, 2009

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A 28-year-old man who once failed the national college entrance exam became the youngest college president in China thanks to his unremitting efforts, the Yangtze Evening News reports.

Zhen Wenlong, who was born into a peasant family in east China's Jiangsu Province, failed the national college entrance exam, known in China as Gaokao, in 2001 and undertook self study until he was able to enroll in a college in Xi'an.

After graduation, Zhen first worked in a college in Xi'an and then opened his own printing company, which earned almost 100 million yuan (about 14.63 million US dollars) in 2007. He also earned a postgraduate degree meantime through continued education.

When Zhen started his profession, he found a dearth of good professional printers because there were few vocational colleges in China to train them. That is when he decided to establish his own printing college.

The Education Department of northwest China's Shaanxi Province approved his school, named the Xi'an Printing Science and Technology College, on July 14, 2008. Zhen acted as president of the school, which is China's first private college to cultivate printers.


Zhen Wenlong (L), founder and president of Xi'an Printing Science and Technology College, presents a professor with a letter of appointment. (Yangtse.com file Photo)


Now, more than 300 teachers including professors, senior engineers and doctors work for Zhen at the school. About 2,000 students have enrolled in the college.

Zhen said he sleeps only for three to four hours a day because his job is so demanding and that doctors have had to remove his gallbladder on account of his physical exhaustion.

Zhen told the newspaper that it still is possible for entrepreneurs to start new businesses amid the current economic downturn and that they should keep their feet on the ground and have well thought out plans to be successful.

Source: CRI online



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