Universities to get more autonomy

China's top education authorities have approved new regulations for nine top universities, which seek to increase their autonomy, while observers have expressed concern about their effectiveness, reports Global Times.

The nine universities include the country's top two universities, Peking University and Tsinghua University, the Ministry of Education announced on its website, adding that the newly established regulations will help the systematic reform of higher education and aid academic development.

Since 2013, a total of 32 universities have already seen their new regulations, which were drafted by the universities themselves, approved by the authorities. All other Chinese universities are scheduled to establish their own regulations by the end of next year, according to the ministry.
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