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University Head Zhu Qingshi Challenges Old Academic Ways

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Science  20 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5956, pp. 1050
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5956.1050

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In September, the government of Shenzhen, a city in southern China, appointed physical chemist Zhu Qingshi as president of the planned South University of Science and Technology. Zhu insisted on also being appointed the university's Communist Party secretary, making it clear he would be calling the shots. In an interview with Science, Zhu explained how he intends to shake up China's university system—whether the education ministry likes it or not.