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Chinese Universities to Enroll 2.75 Million Freshmen

Xinhua, 22 February 2002

BEIJING, February 22 (Xinhua)-- Chinese universities will enroll a total of 2.75 million freshmen this year, which is 150, 000 more than last year.

The Ministry of Education has announced that the higher learning sector will continue to increase its enrollment rate while carrying out more reforms.

China's universities and colleges enrolled 2.6 million freshmen in 2001, which was 800,000 more than the previous year. More than 60 percent of the applicants were admitted..

China plans to increase the number of university students to 16 million in the five years to 2005. This compares with a total enrollment of over 11 million in the period from 1996 to 2000. According to a special plan for educational development, university students will account for 15 percent of school students in 2005. By that time, the number of postgraduates will have reached 600,000.