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Monday, June 27, 2005

He Weifang announces in open letter that he will no longer take graduate students in legal history

Noted legal scholar and Beijing University Faculty of Law professor He Weifang has announced in an open letter that he will no longer take graduate students in legal history. In his letter, Prof. He states that the current testing system is too oriented toward students who do well in tests and insufficiently oriented toward selecting those who will be good researchers. The letter states that at a recent meeting of graduate school officials with law school faculty, the vast majority of the latter expressed strong dissatisfaction with the current system, but were told that this was how the Ministry of Education wanted things. Prof. He concludes the letter by stating that this shows that universities do not have the necessary independence, and that the only choice for the weak (such as university faculty) in such situations is to withdraw.

Here are some useful web references (all in Chinese):

Text of the original letter

Subsequent He Weifang interview with Blogchina

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/china_law_prof_blog/2005/06/he_weifang_anno.html

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