Beijing: China's top
universities began their annual independent recruitment exams
Saturday, with English no longer included among the compulsory
In most of these universities, those who have applied for science
and engineering majors will only be required to take maths and
physics exams, while art students will be required to take Chinese
and maths exams, reported Xinhua.
Yu Han, an enrolment officer at Tsinghua University, said the
subject was eliminated in order to reduce students' workload and
attract talented students who excel in the subjects.
Independent college entrance exams are held three months before
the national exams, a process that allows universities to recruit
more talented students.
This year, 27 Chinese universities are joining three leagues
represented by Tsinghua University, Peking University and Beijing
Institute of Technology (BIT), with all three leagues holding
recruitment exams simultaneously.
The Peking University league consists of 11 universities,
including Hong Kong University and Beijing Normal University.
The Tsinghua league is composed of seven universities, including
the University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai Jiao
Tong University, Renmin University and Zhejiang University.
The BIT league is made up of nine schools, including the Harbin
Institute of Technology and Tongji University.