A new system of double－tutor education, the first in China, has been adopted by Hebei University. A host tutor instructs the postgraduates' theoretical work and the guest tutor is responsible for offering them more practice opportunities and up－to－date related information.
Hebei University is one of the top universities within Hebei Province, It is located in Baoding, a city with a long history and rich cultural heritage. It is within easy access of Beijing.
The postgraduate enrollment of Hebei University has been steadily increasing by 35 percent annually to 1,500 in recent years. And the university can award master's degrees in 44 subjects. However, the quality of the postgraduate education has become a problem.
Zhan Furui, party secretary of Hebei University said, “One big problem we've met is the faculty team quality. Generally speaking, the students on campus don't have enough knowledge of the outside world despite their solid theory study. They need to know more about the outside world.
Since last year, the double－tutor education system has been adopted in the Institute of Mass Media and the Institute of Physics. The guest tutors are all chosen from among those researchers and managers who excel in practice and theory. They will regularly travel to give lectures, and postgraduates will take part in their researches to solve problems through practice.
So far half of the postgraduate courses have adopted this system including economics, law, accountancy, mathematics, physics and chemistry.
(CCTV.com April 28, 2003)