The first direct election of student leader in China

I do not usually file favorable reports about China, but this news is worth posting. Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou just held a direct election of the president of the university’s students’ union. It is the first direct election ever held in a Chinese university. 

Four student candidates vied for the post and each was given RMB2000 for their campaign. The polling took place on 11 November and the result announced the following day. Turn out rate is 61%. 

The elected student leader’s platform is based on one key message – the university should have a mechanism to allow student participation in its major decision making process.

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