Top univer­sity tours of­fer lit­tle re­ward

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

DUR­ING THE SUM­MER HOL­I­DAYS large num­bers of vis­i­tors, mostly pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents from out­side Bei­jing, can be seen lined up out­side the gates of Pek­ing Univer­sity and Ts­inghua Univer­sity, wait­ing to en­ter the two most pres­ti­gious higher learn­ing in­sti­tutes in China for a cam­pus tour. Bei­jing Youth Daily com­ments:

To min­i­mize the dis­tur­bance the free cam­pus tours cause to their learn­ing and re­search ac­tiv­i­ties, the two uni­ver­si­ties strictly con­trol the num­ber of vis­i­tors within a des­ig­nated pe­riod of time each day.

In fact, only a small num­ber of group vis­its or­ga­nized by the two uni­ver­si­ties them­selves aimed at at­tract­ing po­ten­tial can­di­dates from the best high schools across the coun­try can be called in-depth tours. These vis­i­tors live on cam­pus, lis­ten to lec­tures and com­mu­ni­cate with the col­lege stu­dents and in­struc­tors.

Most cam­pus tours, on the other hand, only skim the sur­face. Tour guides give brief in­tro­duc­tions to the sites of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est on the two cam­puses,

both over 100 years old, and then the stu­dents quickly pose for pho­tos to prove to their par­ents that it is mis­sion ac­com­plished.

The two uni­ver­si­ties have thus be­come cash cows for the sum­mer camp or­ga­niz­ers, while the stu­dents reap lit­tle from their vis­its.

The long lines of young­sters wait­ing to have a look at the two uni­ver­si­ties re­flect the im­por­tance their par­ents place on ed­u­ca­tion. The par­ents hope the chil­dren can ex­pe­ri­ence the best cam­pus cul­ture and learn­ing at­mos­phere as early as pos­si­ble.

The two uni­ver­si­ties can con­sider of­fer­ing more tour ser­vices dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tions — paid for, pro­fes­sional ser­vices if nec­es­sary — for vis­i­tors.

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