For instance, south China’s Hainan Province’s “million talents introduction program” stipulates that people who have a junior college degree or above are qualified to get household registration in Hainan. And north China’s Tianjin Municipality announced that people who have doctoral degrees can get Tianjin household registration with no additional restrictions.
However, Shanghai’s new policy has led to some controversy online with many questioning if its fair or appropriate. Over 60,000 shares and 170,000 likes were gathered under a post of the new policy on China’s twitter-like Weibo.
Some people argued that top universities don’t guarantee top students. While others criticized the policy for weighing too much of the college entrance examination and showing no respect to students’ effort during their four years of study.
There were also supporters, justifying the policy as a sincere invitation to the best students in China. And it accords with a common sense idea that the “best talent gets the best resources” as Peking University and Tsinghua University truly represent the highest level of education in China.
As Beijing Youth Daily noted, among the graduating classes of the two universities in 2017, only two from the Peking University signed the labor contract in Shanghai, and only 4.1 percent of students from Tsinghua University decided to work in Shanghai.