Buildings in the Chinese city of Xin are made of Chinese steel, making them the first university building in China built entirely from scratch.
Xin Zhao, the country’s first university built entirely with local materials, opened on Tuesday.
The building is the first of more than 100 such campuses in China, including the University of Science and Technology of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Institute of Advanced Industrial Technology.
Zhao, who was born in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is the founder of Xingzou Academy, a centre dedicated to education for the Uygurs, a Turkic people in China’s Xinjiang region.
He also founded the Xingzhang Academy, the first Uygural university in the world.
Zhonglong Yu, a senior fellow at the Centre for Asian Studies at the University at Albany, New York, says Xin Zhan has a lot of advantages over other Chinese universities.
He has a big student body, and the university has a strong emphasis on science and engineering.
Yu says the university is in the middle of the Uyghur Autonomy, a region where there is a strong religious, cultural and political conflict.
It’s one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse regions in China.
“The Uyhs have very strong beliefs about the separation of religion and state, and their schools are not connected to the state,” he said.
“That is a real obstacle to getting good students.”
Yu says China has many advantages, including better infrastructure, a lot less government interference, and a relatively low cost of living.
He says a lot can be done to help build a better university.