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City to enroll higher ratio in universities

THE city is planning to enroll a bigger proportion of university students this year to meet a mounting demand of better-quality higher education, Shanghai Education Commission announced yesterday.

But some students complained they can hardly land any job even if they graduate from a renowned university.

"The plan caters to parents and the society which favors university students over college and vocational school graduates," said Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of 21st Century Education Research Institute, a non-governmental organization devoted to public education policy.

At the same time, "universities need a great deal of student tuition to maintain their daily operation," he said.

Universities and colleges managed by the city government plan to admit 56,200 local students this year, a drop of 8 percent from last year.

The decrease is mainly the result of a low birth rate in the city in the 1990s.

With pressure easing on local education resources, the education authorities plan to increase the proportion of university admission of local students little by a little over the next few years to let more people enjoy a better quality of higher education.

Shanghai universities admitted 45,515 local students last year, while colleges and higher vocational school enrolled 15,725 students.

Amy Shi, a Fudan University graduate, complained the plan may increase the pressure of finding jobs for university graduates.

"It has already been very hard for fresh university graduates to find jobs with so many counterparts, especially in the economic crisis," she said.


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