The Ministry of Education has officially approved the launch of South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) as a national education and comprehensive reform experiment, Beijing News reports.
Educational authorities also have demanded that SUSTC comply with the country's Education Law and Higher Education Law as well as with the Chinese educational system during the course of starting the university.
According to China's Higher Education Law, high school students are required to take the National Entrance Examination each June to gain admittance to college. SUSTC, however, plans to recruit students independently through its own selection methods. In addition, the university has adopted a board of directors as an alternative to the typical academic bureaucracy. SUSTC also plans to award degrees on its own rather than through the State Council.
Zhu Qingshi, the founding president of SUSTC and former president of the University of Science and Technology of China, said this year's recruitment plan had yet to be decided, but the recruitment of 8,000 students was the university's long-range goal.
SUSTC, located in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, is the country's first "independent" university. Last year, it recruited 45 students who had taken an independent entrance exam rather than the National College Entrance Exam. But educational authorities had refused to certify SUSTC degree courses, which prompted one student to drop out.