The protests were over plans to merge colleges with “less prestigious” vocational institutes.

wow. there is so much classism going on in those colleges. this research director is so right:

Currently, vocational education still needs further development as part of higher education in China. Xiong pointed out that the merge of independent and vocational institutes has been met with opposition from students and parents, who believe that a vocational bachelor’s degree is lower than a regular bachelor’s degree. This idea has become deeply ingrained.

“If we are to truly promote vocational education in China, a complete change of mindset is needed,” Xiong said.

(the above is from the global times article the bbc reporter references)

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