Ru­ral Stu­dents

Beijing Review - - This Week -

Chi­nese col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties ad­mit­ted 100,000 stu­dents from ru­ral and un­der­de­vel­oped ar­eas in 2017, a 9.3 per­cent in­crease on 2016, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE).

China has im­ple­mented fa­vor­able col­lege en­trance poli­cies, in­clud­ing en­roll­ment pro­grams, at na­tional, re­gional and univer­sity lev­els to en­able more stu­dents from ru­ral and poor ar­eas to go to univer­sity.

In the na­tional pro­gram, the re­quire­ments for be­ing ac­cepted by key col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties af­fil­i­ated to cen­tral min­istries and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments have been low­ered for stu­dents from im­pov­er­ished coun­ties.

The re­gional pro­gram helps stu­dents re­ceive higher qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in their own prov­inces and re­gions, while out­stand­ing high school grad­u­ates from ru­ral ar­eas can be ad­mit­ted to top uni­ver­si­ties under the MOE through the univer­sity-level pro­gram.

In 2017, nearly 64,000 stu­dents from poverty-stricken coun­ties were en­rolled in uni­ver­si­ties, thanks to as­sis­tance from the na­tional pro­gram.

The re­gional pro­gram ad­mit­ted 16.2 per­cent more ru­ral stu­dents than in 2016 and an ad­di­tional 9,500 ex­cep­tional ru­ral stu­dents were ac­cepted through the univer­sity-level pro­gram.

“We need to im­prove the en­roll­ment rate for ru­ral stu­dents,” Xie Huanzhong, an MOE of­fi­cial, said.

In 2016, Chi­nese higher ed­uca- tion in­sti­tu­tions ad­mit­ted 7.48 mil­lion stu­dents for un­der­grad­u­ate study.

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