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Post time 2019-7-12 08:40:33 |Display all floors
A policy aiding foreign students living and studying at Shandong University stirred controversy online on Thursday.

The policy allows for as many as three native students to accompany one foreign student.

According to a Sina Weibo post published by Shanghai-based Xinmin Weekly, most of the native students taking part in the policy, which was adopted by the university in 2018, are women.

According to a statement published by the university in November last year, of 270 applicants, 141 native students and 47 foreign students were chosen for the program.

In 2017, the university adopted the buddy policy that allows one native student to accompany one foreign student, which sparked public debate for allowing women to help men.

Some netizens questioned whether foreign students enjoye too many privileges in the university, while others criticized the buddy policy for pairing students of the opposite sex.

The university is yet to respond to the criticisms.

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Post time 2019-7-12 11:15:51 |Display all floors
Very easy solution, the buddy policy to separate man and woman participants. Foreign men with native male students while foreign women with native female students. Article didn't describe what is the buddy policy for and its duration. Is it just to have native assist the foreign in communication with local during and understanding local cultures and hospitality for their whole period of study or only for first year.

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Post time 2019-7-12 12:41:41 |Display all floors
Foreign students should not be treated as the privileged few, to be paired with native  women helping them in their daily chores!  They must fan for themselves, be independent, don't use natives women as crutches!!

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Post time 2019-7-12 13:33:56 |Display all floors
A sensible approach would be pairing men with men, and women with women in this case. This university has some explaining to do.

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Post time 2019-7-12 14:14:22 |Display all floors
huaqiao Post time: 2019-7-12 13:33
A sensible approach would be pairing men with men, and women with women in this case. This universit ...

I stand by my comments in post #3!!  Neither men with men, nor women with women!  Let the foreigners find their own way around.  When we arrived in China, we never had the benefit of pairing up with natives, we had to fan for ourselves, and we still made it in China!  

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Post time 2019-7-12 19:51:06 |Display all floors
If this Shandong U was a private one, it could do whatever it wants, but if it is a public university funded by taxpayers' money, then such practice shall be cut immediately.

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Post time 2019-7-13 12:47:19 |Display all floors
kevinruud Post time: 2019-7-12 19:51
If this Shandong U was a private one, it could do whatever it wants, but if it is a public universit ...

It is a public uni!

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