Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center

Seized university town land released to developers

Guangzhou's controversial university town on Xiaoguwei Island is starting to release land requisitioned from farmers, a move the city says is necessary to rein in spiralling property prices.

Thursday, 1 June, 2006, 12:00am

Party chief vows to avoid 'HK eyesores'

Guangzhou's straight-talking party chief has taken on property developers in a full-page interview in a leading business daily, accusing them of ramping up prices and vowing to save his city from 'eyesore' Hong Kong-style buildings.

30 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Villagers evicted from university town to get back some land

Authorities in Guangzhou will return some land seized from farmers on Xiaoguwei Island nearly three years ago for its giant university town so that the farmers can build flats to rent to students.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Displaced villagers to miss out on profits from land auction

Two parcels of land on Xiaoguwei Island - the site of Guangzhou's controversial university town - are being put up for auction at starting prices about 30 times higher than the compensation paid to villagers relocated to make way for the project.

3 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Cadres held over 60m yuan mega-university scandal

The five were detained last month for misappropriating compensation funds

Five cadres from a village which has been largely razed to make way for Guangdong party chief Zhang Dejiang's monumental university town have been detained for allegedly misappropriating 60 million yuan in compensation funds.

18 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Third villa owner goes to court over 'university town' eviction

A villa owner forced out of her home on Guangzhou's Xiaoguwei Island to make way for a new 'university town' yesterday challenged the government in court to prove her eviction was legal.

11 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Talks at last, months after village flattened

Four officials from Xinzao township sat down for the first time yesterday to listen to the complaints of a group of evicted homeowners, eight months after flattening their village to build Guangzhou's college town and repeatedly tearing down their tent settlement.

21 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

High drama as village levelled

Two villagers were knocked unconscious yesterday during a confrontation with more than 100 riot police. The clash was sparked by the demolition of their makeshift homes on Xiaoguwei island, site of Guangzhou's University Town.

13 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Guangdong fails test in education

Guangdong may be the mainland's richest province - with a per-capita income of twice the national average - but where education is concerned, it is one of the poorest.

It is only able to provide 17 per cent of eligible students with a university education.

12 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

A hunting ground for knowledge

When he last visited the controversial project a few weeks ago, a beaming Guangdong Party Secretary Zhang Dejiang praised his subordinates for building Guangzhou's University Town in just nine months.

9 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Students angry at being forced to live on campus

A Guangdong Education Department directive which bans university students from renting rooms off campus has come under fire from students used to greater freedoms.

The department also circulated a Ministry of Education notice in June requiring universities to investigate the situation and get students to return to campus within a certain period.

7 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Love ban

Couples are facing a crackdown on any kind of physical intimacy at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, after a student murdered his girlfriend at the start of the term.

According to the local media, the woman was stabbed to death while she was alone in her room on campus.

26 Nov 2003 - 12:00am