Students of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, Hubei will have to pass a 'Chinese Literature Examination' before they receive their degree certificates, the school announced yesterday.
Students in China usually go through a cohort program in College, with load of 12 hours or more on any given day. Students in science and engineering programs has little time to pick up subject outside their fields. Some education scholars contributes the lack of innovations by Chinese to the absent of cultural and humanities in College students' curricula.
HUST was established in 1952. Like it's peers of many new schools set up after the government take over, HUST was designed and implemented as an engineering school. The school, however, tried to incorporate traditional science and humanity fields into its curricula. HUST has made itself an icon of modern China's higher education, and has been consistently ranked among Top Ten universities in China, with its engineering school convincingly sitting among Top Five.