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Gender Ratio: A Hot Issue on Campuses
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2018-10-11-
Title: Gender Ratio: A Hot Issue on Campuses
Author: Wu Shanshan
Release Date: 2018/10/11
Keyword: Gender Ratio, Campuses

The male-female student ratios in China’s major universities in China have recently become a hot issue, and many institutions are now using these figures as a form of soft power, according to media reports.

Parents are paying particular attention to this issue.

Cheng, a mother of a freshman said she is concerned with gender ratios at universities, as she thinks a balance can contribute to growth and be beneficial to her child in finding future love.

"Love also needs education. As far as I am concerned, falling in love with somebody is as important as academic study," Cheng said.

Zou, a junior student at college in central China's Hunan Province, explained that students in her major, nursing, enjoy a good environment and high salary. It is also  easy to find jobs. Thus, it has been favored among female students.

However, only four students are male in her class.

"Due to professionalism, most of the students we meet are from our own department. Our contact with boys is still relatively rare. We have less chance of reaching out to them."

According to one survey, college enrollment regulations typically set no limits on the male-female ratio.

Several staff members of admission departments said that the nature of a department, the amount of discipline needed and professional characteristics are the three main factors affecting the gender gap.

Yang Mei, a director of admissions at Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, thinks that people's traditional concepts toward industries are also important factors.

For example, male students prefer to choose to study clinical medicine and engage in clinical work; while female students tend to study majors such as medical exam techniques, medical imaging, as these can be useful in functional hospital departments.

In addition, male and female college students' scores, geographical location, ways of thinking, hobbies, and personal strengths are also factors for the phenomenon.

Some professionals think that the current education and assessment model is more suitable for female students and is a reason for the gap.

Studies have shown that the imbalance between male and female students may exert a negative impact on students in terms of getting along with the opposite gender and their perception of romance.

In order to promote communication between men and women, many colleges and universities have also established dating platforms and special interest groups which have obtained remarkable results.

A college student said introductions made within a friends circle is also an important channel.

As the first to grow up with the internet, many students from the younger generation also use social media to find their new partners.

If students who want to know more about someone they encountered on campus, they can now post a message and try to meet them through other schoolmates' help.

(Source: translated and edited by Women of China)
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