Friday, March 04, 2011

Career Party Official Named Party Chief of Zhejiang University

On March 1, 2011, Mr. Jin Deshui was named the Party Chief of Zhejiang University. Zhejiang University the best university in Zhejiang Province and is viewed as a Top Ten in the nation.

The appointment is the first in decades to have an otherwise uneducated career party official placed on the No. 1 post of a major university. Usually the Party Chief of major universities are also scientists, though some no longer active in research.

It is not known whether this is a signal of a broader transition in higher education policy in China. Started from 1966, the Party abruptly suspended all higher education, and sent professors to farms to be re-educated with heavy labor. Mr. Jin Deshui never went to college, and his highest education record was a certificate from the Zhejiang Province CCP Party Committee Training School.

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