Univer­sity rec­og­nizes online ar­ti­cles

Zhe­jiang col­lege to auhorize ex­cel­lent in­flu­en­tial works by stu­dents

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Leng Shumei and Qu Qi­uyan

A top East China univer­sity plans to ac­cept online ar­ti­cles with more than 100,000 hits as qual­i­fy­ing to­ward aca­demic cre­den­tials with the same sta­tus as tra­di­tional ar­ti­cles pub­lished in aca­demic pe­ri­od­i­cals.

Zhe­jiang Univer­sity is­sued a draft pro­posal on Fri­day via its WeChat of­fi­cial ac­count to rec­og­nize online cul­tural works of ex­cel­lence by its teach­ers and stu­dents.

Ex­cel­lent works include ar­ti­cles, au­dio­vi­sual and an­i­mated prod­ucts, the pro­posal said. The univer­sity, one of China’s top five, in­tends to foster and fully ex­plore an in­tel­lec­tual online cul­ture.

Au­thors who pub­lish ar­ti­cles in new me­dia plat­forms of main­stream news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and tele­vi­sion news me­dia can ap­ply for equiv­a­lent sta­tus as be­ing pub­lished in a do­mes­tic core pe­ri­od­i­cal.

The writer must gen­er­ate “great in­flu­ence” or earn merit from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion or pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion bu­reaus, the draft reads.

The draft de­fined “great in­flu­ence” as be­ing pub­lished and reprinted by more than 10 main­stream me­dia, achiev­ing more than 100,000 reads on WeChat public plat­forms or more than 400,000 reads on toutiao.com, a pop­u­lar mo­bile news app in China.

Main­stream me­dia in­cludes Peo­ple’s Daily, Guang­ming Daily and Qiushi, the mag­a­zine which is af­fil­i­ated with the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee as well as Zhe­jiang news­pa­pers and TV. Web por­tals Sina, Sohu and Youku are also in­cluded in the ap­proved list.

Col­lege stu­dents must pub­lish at least two ar­ti­cles in pe­ri­od­i­cals to ob­tain their doc­tor­ate de­grees, a stu­dent from Ren­min Univer­sity of China told the Global Times on Sun­day.

“The new reg­u­la­tion en­cour­ages univer­sity teach­ers and pro­fes­sors to em­pha­size their aca­demic and so­cial in­flu­ence,” Hu Xing­dou, a pro­fes­sor at Bei­jing In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

It may help change the rigid aca­demic mech­a­nism in China, which has led to the stat­ues quo whereby “most stu­dents and teach­ers pub­lish aca­demic works in core pe­ri­od­i­cals for util­i­tar­ian pur­poses such as seek­ing a pro­mo­tion or merely com­plet­ing their aca­demic chores as re­quired by their univer­sity,” Hu said.

The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of works would be re­lated to teacher and stu­dent eval­u­a­tion, em­ploy­ment re­wards and pro­mo­tion, the draft reads.

Some Chi­nese In­ter­net users praised the plan as in­clu­sive and modern.

Others won­dered if amass­ing online hits un­der­mined a re­search pa­per’s aca­demic cre­den­tials.

“It’s im­por­tant that the univer­sity spec­ify stan­dards as some works that re­ceive many reads may not ex­ert a pos­i­tive so­cial in­flu­ence such as an­tire­form aca­demic works which might be read a lot but fail to pro­mote so­cial progress,” Hu said.

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