Varsities expect to enrol over three million students

CHINESE universities are expected to enrol 3.35 million students this year, an increase of 150,000 over that of 2002, according to sources with the Education Ministry.  

Education Vice-Minister Yuan Guiren, attending a working conference which concluded in Guangzhou on Wednesday, said the 2003 schedule for university entrance examinations had already been set up.  

They will take place from June 7 to 10.  

He noted that 5.27 million people took the university entrance exam last year, and 3.2 million enrolled. 

Of these, 1.64 million enrolled in Bachelors’ degree programmes (including in military academies). 

Yuan said that by 2010, the Chinese government would provide access to higher education to 23% of college-age population – a significant increase from the current 15%. 

The entrance examination date was moved up a month because most regions in China are very hot and rainy in July.  

Yuan asked all relevant departments to make adequate preparations for this year’s university enrolment. – People’s Daily 

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