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Fudan opts out of joint pre-admission test

SHANGHAI'S Fudan University announced yesterday that it is pulling out of an alliance of top institutions setting pre-admission exams to prospective students.

Fudan's decision to break with the "Peking University-led enrollment alliance" follows Nankai University in Tianjin opting out of the exam.

Under this, students sit one exam and then, depending on their performance, may receive several offers, from which they can choose one.

Instead, Fudan will offer its own independent enrollment next year.

University enrollment alliances appeared last year to complement the college entrance exam - previously the only means of determining places - under higher education reforms.

Universities specializing in similar areas can band together to offer a pre-admission test.

These have become of great importance to many high school students as they can earn extra credits when applying for the universities in the alliance.

The "Peking University-led enrollment alliance" features liberal arts colleges, while the "Tsinghua University-led enrollment alliance" covers science and engineering institutions.

Parents and students have complained that the alliance, which was supposed to offer more choices, has burdened students with more exams.

Now Fudan has decided to allow domestic high schools to directly recommend their students for enrollment interviews next year.

No written exams will be held, with admission depending wholly on students' resumes and interview performances.

Xiong Bingqi, vice dean of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said it is natural for the alliance to break up amid competition for the best students.

However, some parents fear the resume and interview approach adopted by Fudan is open to abuse.

"Many resumes will be 'well-decorated'," said one mother, Dong Chuanfeng. "And the interview mode lacks objective criteria."

Fang Ming, a media coordinator at Fudan, said the judging panel has extensive experience in selecting top students, but did not give details of selection criteria they used.


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