Shandong University, in the city of Jinan, said the programme aimed to encourage students to “learn culturally and academically” from each other. Photo: Shutterstock

Shandong University sorry for ‘buddy programme’ to match foreign students with locals

  • It says it will carry out a thorough review after an online uproar over programme to pair foreigners with members of the opposite sex
  • Notice circulating on social media shows 47 students from abroad took part and were each matched with three Chinese, most of them female
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Shandong University, in the city of Jinan, said the programme aimed to encourage students to “learn culturally and academically” from each other. Photo: Shutterstock
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Students make last-minute preparations for a gaokao exam in Beijing earlier this month. Photo: Simon Song

Why did one of China’s elite universities need to offer big money to get the best students?

  • Zhejiang University has been ordered to stop dangling tens of thousands of dollars to get the highest scorers in the national college entrance exam to accept a place at the campus
  • Competition for the top gaokao performers is fierce as schools can no longer wait for the brightest to come to them
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Students make last-minute preparations for a gaokao exam in Beijing earlier this month. Photo: Simon Song
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