Date
18 October 2017
Tsinghua University's admissions office says photos of one its graduates show the changes that can come from time on campus. Photo: China Daily
Tsinghua University's admissions office says photos of one its graduates show the changes that can come from time on campus. Photo: China Daily

Tsinghua marked down for graduate photos

A Tsinghua education can make a big difference — just look at a graduate’s before and after shots that the university forwarded on Sina Weibo last week.

China Daily reported Tuesday that aeronautics graduate Lin Li posted two of her photos on social platform renren.com and Tsinghua’s admissions office then forwarded the images on its microblog. 

One photo shows Lin against a rural background before entering the university in 2007 and the other after seven years of study, the report said. The photos promoted other graduates to do likewise.

But online critics said the posting was more like an advertisement for a beauty salon and accused the university of “using students’ photos to show off its status as a cradle for the rich”.

The admission office denied using the photos to poach potential students or show off a pool of attractive alumni, the report said. It said the images reflected the changes that can come from a Tsinghua education. 

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