>College evaluation criteria
Top universities in China should be evaluated based on talent cultivation and scientific research, rather than solely on rankings and other quantitative measures, a new draft guideline said on Tuesday.
The guideline said universities should focus on making breakthroughs in core technology, exploring advanced scientific areas and solving important social issues. They should focus on frontier areas in global scientific and technological development, major national development needs and public health, said the guideline, jointly issued by the ministries of education and finance and the National Development and Reform Commission.
The guideline said talent cultivation is the most fundamental standard in the evaluation, which focuses on universities' efforts in teaching, innovation and entrepreneurship education, the employment quality of graduates and the all-around development of students.
For faculty evaluation, the guideline stressed the importance of work ethics, research achievements, teaching, and professional development. The evaluation should not overemphasize the number of papers and professional titles, or academic backgrounds and research projects.
China has made vast strides in boosting online medical services, with the number of internet hospitals recently surpassing 1,100, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday. As of May 2019, the total number stood at less than 160, the commission said.
Meanwhile, over 7,700 hospitals at or above county level have set up online registration and diagnosis systems, and more than 2,200 tertiary public hospitals have achieved initial progress in information connectivity and sharing, it said.
"Internet-based healthcare has become a significant part of medical services, bringing smoother and more convenient experiences for the public," said Mao, head of the commission's planning and information department.
>Tourists detained for scrawling
Three tourists who scrawled on the wall of Badaling Great Wall in Yanqing district, Beijing Sunday afternoon, have been detained and fined according to the Law of the People's Republic of China on Penalties for Administration of Public Security, Yanqing police announced on Monday.
A video clip circulating online shows three tourists, two women and a man, scrawling on the Badaling section of the Great Wall, a world-renowned scenic spot and the nation's key cultural relic protection site, at about 1 pm on Sunday.
According to an announcement by the Badaling Great Wall management department, a preliminary judgment of the investigation shows the tourists used keys, wires or other objects with sharp points to scrawl their names on the wall.
According to the law, behaviors of carving, scrawling or any other measures to damage cultural relics and places of historic interest under state's protection on purpose will result in warnings or fines of no more than 200 yuan. In serious circumstances, the offenders shall be detained for five to 10 days and fined between 200 yuan and 500 yuan.
>Students celebrating spring break
College students are continuing to flock to Florida beaches to celebrate spring break despite the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although universities around the country either scaled back the traditional holiday week or canceled it altogether, the Sunshine State saw an influx of traveling students.
Miami Beach Police fired pepper balls into crowds of partiers and arrested at least a dozen people late Saturday as the city took extraordinary measures to crack down on spring breakers who officials have said are out of control.
The aggressive enforcement actions came just hours after Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared a state of emergency and set an 8 pm curfew, saying the crowds that have descended on the city recently are "more than we can handle." "Too many are coming, really, without the intention of following the rules, and the result has been a level of chaos and disorder that is just something more than we can endure," Gelber said.
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