Slideshow: A University President’s Military Dream

After ten days of harsh training at Shandong University of Science and Technology in September, the 5,000 incoming students were organized to march in a military parade for the closing ceremony. Trained students lined up in twelve formations to put on military performances for the school leaders and military generals. Wang Chunqiu (ÁéãÊò•Áßã), president of the university, reviewed the students’ parade. Some netizens say that a university is not a place to worship the president but for the students to learn liberty and democracy. Some made satirical comments that it seems that the closing ceremony is designed to announce the university president – Wang Chunqiu – as the second Adolf Hitler. Some say that Wang imitates the highest leader of China reviewing the nation’s troops and should be investigated. See the below:

Military training has been part of the ’ curricula since 1985. The training usually lasts for two or three weeks either inside a campus or in a military training base. It is stated as being part of defense education, which can help students gain military skills and theory. According to a survey by China Youth Daily in 2005 via sina.com, 97% of 1,510 polled people said that “they had undergone military training at university, and 69% think ‘it is a worthy and unforgettable experience.'” Some say the aim of the training is political, rather than military or educational, which reflects that China is trying to strengthen the values of patriotism and discipline among the new generation.

Chinese sources:

– The powerful university president – Wang Chunqiu, via exspace.cn

– A university president’s dream of being a general, via bokerb.com

– Parade Closing Ceremony of Military Training for Shandong University of Science and Technology, via blog.q915

English sources:

– Military Training for College Students – 20 Years On, via China.org

– Chinese government imposes nationwide military training for students, via wsws.com

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