Uni­ver­sity cam­puses or tourist attractions?

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE - Global Times

Fa­mous univer­si­ties in Shang­hai of­ten be­come tourist hotspots dur­ing the sum­mer va­ca­tion. Many par­ents take their chil­dren to these cam­puses in the hope of bring­ing them good luck in their col­lege en­trance ex­ams. Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity cam­pus is open to the pub­lic from 6 am to 10 pm and wel­comed some 5,800 vis­i­tors on Au­gust 13. One stu­dent com­mented the school plays host to tourists all year round.

The crowds, how­ever, are a nui­sance to other stu­dents. Some com­plain they are un­able to fo­cus on study­ing be­cause of the noise cre­ated by so many peo­ple. Oth­ers crit­i­cize the fact that cam­pus can­teens are so busy they are un­able to find a seat at meal­times.

So should lo­cal univer­si­ties be open freely to the pub­lic? Some stu­dents be­lieve schools are for study­ing and shouldn’t be deemed travel des­ti­na­tions. There­fore the num­ber of daily vis­i­tors needs to be re­stricted.

How­ever, many par­ents and high school stu­dents ar­gue that vis­it­ing uni­ver­sity cam­puses en­ables them to learn about schools in ad­vance, help­ing them to make bet­ter in­formed de­ci­sions about where to study.

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