Uni Sub-campuses Come to An End

Chinese universities began establishing sub-campuses in the 80’s. Higher-ranking universities leveraged their brands, resources, land and preferential policies offered by the “newly emerged” regional cities such as Shenzhen, Suzhou, Qingdao, Weihai, as well as the newly developed special economic zones in traditional major cities. By 2020, 53 “double top-tier universities” established 166 regional collaborations, including 35 “sub-campuses” which “squeezed dry” the local education providers by further diverting talents to developed regions in spite of the government’s vision of maintaining talents in less developed regions. In principle, no cross-province project will be approved in the future; the existing sub-campuses will face a “gradual wind-down”.

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