released its recruitment plan for postgraduates on
Sunday, which raised dissatisfaction of students from other universities.
Beida plans to enroll 4,300 postgraduates and 1,400 doctorial students this
year, but not all college graduates can go there by taking an entrance exam. The
prestigious university will focus on recruiting those who do not need to sit
exams, but instead rely on the recommendations of the colleges where they
received their bachelor degrees.
The plan shows of the prospective postgraduates studying sciences, 50 to 80
percent of them will be recommended. And at least half of the new postgraduates
in other departments will also be recommended to Beida. In total, the university
will enroll seven percent more recommended students than last year. As a result,
only a few prospective postgraduates can enter Peking University by taking entrance exams.
In the past, half of those recommended students were from Beida, and the
other came from other post secondary institutions.
s admission policy says only
excellent graduates who are from prestigious universities and recommended by
their colleges are entitled to enter Beida without taking postgraduate entrance
examinations. However, very few students are lucky enough to get the chance.
A student at
is unhappy with the plan. "I
think it's very unfair!" she exclaimed. "Although Beida will enroll 4,000
postgraduates this year, only half of them will be picked by the entrance exam."
She continued, "Only one student in my class can be recommended. We just want to
through our hard
work. But how can we get in with such few chances?"
"I didn't do well in my college entrance exam four years ago," says Li Chen,
a graduate at a university outside
. "I wish to be a postgraduate in Beida
by taking an examination. Can't postgraduate students get in even if they don't
have a bachelor's degree from a top university? It's prejudice. All prospective
postgraduates at Beida should compete in the entrance exam."
has its reasons
to recruit more students through recommendation. Through their experience,
supervisors of postgraduates have found that recommended students "have higher
academic levels and tend to be more devoted to studying".
Professor Wen Rumin has worked as a postgraduate supervisor for a long time
in Beida's Chinese Department. He says, "The university is doing the right thing
since some prospective postgraduates are only good at taking exams rather than
academic studies." He believes the academic levels of recommended students are
higher than their counterparts who come to Beida by taking exams.
Wen did not think the recruitment policy is unfair because the most important
goals of postgraduate education are guaranteeing the teaching quality and
selecting qualified talent.
Other supervisors think many students come to Beida by taking the entrance
exam and only want to get a degree from Beida rather than really study a
subject. From this aspect, they are not as good as those recommended students,
who are more welcomed by supervisors.
An educator and professor at
University , Gu
has right to decide how to recruit students.
Universities and supervisors should be entitled to enroll suitable
postgraduates, as long as the recruitment process is open and with essential