Scholarships from foreign firms face regulation
The central Government is studying new regulations to administer university scholarships offered by foreign companies.
The regulations - being reviewed by the State Education Commission - will put university scholarships under unified control and spell out conditions for universities in accepting offers from foreign companies.
The rules were likely to state that foreign donors would not be allowed to attach conditions to their offers and recipients would be under no obligation to provide services to the donors.
The restrictions were to prevent foreign companies influencing universities in certain decisions, especially job assignments for graduates.
Most of the mainland's top universities had accepted scholarships from foreign companies, the China News Service said.
Beijing University offered 46 scholarships from public and commercial donors in 1995 and 1996.
Foreign companies such as Sony, Daimler-Benz and Motorola financed more than 20 of these scholarships contributing at least three million yuan (HK$2.8 million).
In 1995 and 1996, Qinghua University offered its students 36 scholarships, 17 of them donated by foreign companies representing more than one-third of the scholarship fund.