Tsinghua University introduces regulations to limit visitors

08:26, May 21, 2010      

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South gate of Tsinghua University

The prestigious Tsinghua University released new regulations Tuesday to curb the increasing number of visitors, the school's news official said.

Group visitors can make an online appointment to visit the campus 3-15 days in advance by visiting tsinghua.edu.cn. Only after the application is approved, they can visit the campus for free. Individuals are not required to make a reservation but should show a certificate proving their identity, the regulation says.

The campus will open to visitors from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm during weekends, legal holidays and winter and summer vacations. It isn't open on weekdays and any day when there is an important event on the campus.

"The regulation taking effect on June 14, aims to provide a better environment to visitors while maintaining regular teaching and research," Yu Shijie, vice director of the university's news center, told the Global Times Thursday.

In recent years, the number of visitors to the university has ranged from hundreds to thousands each day. The increase means more trash is discarded, more damage to the campus environment, more noise and traffic congestion in the area, none of which is helpful for the university's operation, said Yu.

Some Tsinghua University students argued that the regulations might affect the good relationship between the public and the university.

"I admit the regulations could help build a safer environment for students. But I hope my university is as open as before. I don't think visitors have a bad effect on my life or study since the popular spots are separate from our study and living areas," said Hu Hao, a mechanics doctorate candidate.

In fact, "many foreign universities (in the West) have nothing to separate them from the outside, " he added.
In China, Tsinghua University is not the first famous university to limit the number of its visitors. Three yeas ago, Peking University, nearby Tsinghua, also took similar measures.

"Such regulations are good for students, teachers and visitors," said Xie Jing, a second year grad student in information management at Peking University.

"They ensure a quiet study environment for teachers and students. They also help to manage visitors and guide them to see what they want at the most famous universities."

Source: Global Times


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