Universities fall short in recruitment of students

Universities in some provinces in China are failing to meet student recruitment targets, a survey has found. At least seven provinces and one region did not meet their recruitment goals in 2013, according to the College Enrolment Report released last Wednesday by, one of the country's largest education portals, writes Zhao Xinying for China Daily.

The provinces are Henan, Shandong, Fujian, Anhui, Hebei, Guizhou and Qinghai, along with the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. They are the only areas that have disclosed such figures in the past year, reported. Universities in Shandong, for example, planned to recruit 529,900 students in 2013, but only 466,300 were enrolled. Only 536,000 students were admitted by universities in Henan last year, short of the target figure of 606,600. Shandong has failed to meet its recruitment targets since 2011, while Henan and Anhuihave not done so for the past two years, the report said.

Chen Zhiwen, editor-in-chief of and one of the report's authors, said the cause was a drop in the birth rate.
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