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Oct 24, 2018 07:34 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Chinese Universities Give ‘Lazy’ Students Rude Awakening

College students napping in their spare time. Photo: VCG
College students napping in their spare time. Photo: VCG

Last week, 18 students at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Central China’s Hubei province didn’t have enough credits to graduate. Instead, they received certificates from a less prestigious polytechnic program, comparable to a degree from a community college in the U.S.

The news went viral on social media in China, where it is rare to see university students struggle so much. The average rate of students who fail to finish their degree courses at top-ranked universities in China is around 5%, compared to 20% in Ivy League schools in the U.S., said Zhang Duanhong, associate professor in Tongji University’s Higher Education Research Institute.

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