More flexibility, choice on majors given to freshmen
Many universities in China have made changes to their student training plans after some freshmen complained they were not sure if the major they chose fits their requirements.
Freshmen at Shanghai's Tongji University, for example, will be admitted into the School of New Students to have one year of general education courses, before choosing a major at the beginning of their sophomore year.
The arrangement is part of an effort by educators to let students discover their interests and place the development of students at the center of teaching.
According to Huang Yiru, dean of Tongji's School of New Students, it's not just students who who find this new arrangement helpful. The architecture department, one of the institute's most renowned majors, has also had students try to transfer to other majors, as they found more passion and interest in other fields.
As of 2018, around 20 universities across the country -- including Peking University, Sichuan University and Shandong University -- have pledged to give students the chance to transfer to another major after being admitted to the university.