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Strengthened Communist Party Role at China’s Colleges Creates Backlash

Changes to the charters of three universities in China to refer to the absolute leadership of the Communist Party has sparked intense debate among the nation’s social media users this week.

The phrase “freedom of thought” went missing from the charter of Fudan University in Shanghai, one of China’s top schools, with the college’s authorities strengthening references to the party’s leadership. Fudan is one of the more liberal of China’s higher education institutions, and the phrase “academic independence and freedom of thought” is a line from the school song.