April 25, 2003 |
The week before China finally confessed the truth about the extent of the deadly pneumonia-like outbreak within its borders, some students in elite universities were already staring the epidemic in the eye. "There was total chaos. It felt like the end of the world," said Luo Yan, a 20-year-old engineering student who lived in the dorm where many of the 60 SARS cases were reported at Northern Jiaotong University, the hardest-hit campus in the capital. "If the virus doesn't kill you, fear might."
March 9, 2003 |
Signaling a shift toward a Western liberal arts system, China's top universities are introducing changes to give students a broader education and more freedom to choose their majors. The shift also heralds the gradual dismantling of China's Soviet-style education system, which was designed to meet the needs of the state rather than the individual.
February 26, 2003 |
In an unusual burst of campus violence, homemade bombs exploded in cafeterias at China's two most prestigious universities during lunchtime Tuesday, injuring nine people, according to police and university officials. The incidents occurred 90 minutes apart on campuses separated by just hundreds of yards. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.
June 30, 1998 |
President Clinton's taboo-breaking dialogue with Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his later uncensored discussion with Beijing University students--both sessions broadcast live nationwide--have sparked another debate here: Is this the beginning of more openness in China? "It is a turning point for our country," said Huang Renwei, a professor of American Studies at Shanghai's Academy of Social Sciences.
June 29, 1998 |
In November, during a speech at Harvard University, Chinese President Jiang Zemin drew chuckles when he talked about what he had learned to that point on his whistle-stop tour of the United States. "I have gotten a more specific understanding of American democracy--more specific than I've learned from books.
May 4, 1998 |
Chinese police detained a student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests before he could attend 100th anniversary celebrations for Beijing University, a human rights group said Sunday. Wang Youcai was last seen at a Beijing hotel April 27, shortly after he arrived in the capital to take part in festivities for his alma mater, China's most prestigious university.