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Fudan demands ID to get into job fairs

FUDAN University is giving priority entrance to its own students at job fairs held on its campus - a move that's annoyed students from other universities who have been shut out of the events, and even some employers.

In a new regulation, Fudan students must swipe their student ID cards to get into on-campus recruitment fairs. Only after they have all entered the lecture hall are students from other schools let in.

Fudan officials said the measure is intended to help its graduates get an edge on jobs in a tough economy.

"Considering that many on-site job fairs are very popular and a great deal of students from other schools attend our school's fair, we put forward this measure to better protect the interest of our graduates as well as to keep order," the university said in a notice put on its recruitment Website earlier this month.

The city's campus recruitment drive is peaking this month, with several on-campus recruitment fairs being held simultaneously in local schools.

Fudan students said the new regulation spares them long queues and fights for a seat on their own campus.

"It's a good idea," said Chen Xue, an English major senior student.

"We usually found the hall occupied by students from other universities while we ourselves had to wait outside."

But students at other universities see it differently.

Zhang Xuanchen, a student from Shanghai International Studies University, said, "This sounds ridiculous and unfair."

Zhang was stopped by a security guard at the entrance to a campus talk in Fudan. She said the guard told her the hall is full when Zhang failed to prove she was a student from Fudan.

"I had made great efforts to reach the campus," said Zhang. She begged to be admitted, but failed to get in.

"The campus talk is open to all local students. Fudan cannot stop us just because it provides the lecture hall," she said.

An employer seeking young talent also criticized the Fudan move.

Alipay, developed by Hangzhou-based Alibaba Group with more than 200 million users globally, launched a recruitment fair in Tongji University on Friday. "Though we held the recruitment fair in Tongji University, we hope that not only students of this school come to attend," said Ma Ying, a company official in charge of on-campus recruitment.

She said the school excels in science, and its technology majors may have high proportion of the hires the company is looking for, but this doesn't mean they want to recruit students only from this school.


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