Throwing a welcome party for freshmen students at a university is a known tradition but a university in central China went a little overboard and spent over $1.5 million on luxury cars to welcome students.
Wuchang Polytechnic College, located in Hubei province, drew the attention of students as it displayed 20 luxury cars on campus. Brands represented include Maserati, Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Land Rover.
Eighty students who have enrolled in “luxury cars class” will reportedly be given field training on these cars. The class will be about vehicle detection and auto maintenance.
As part of the course, students will also have the opportunity to take the car apart and then put it back together.
“Students can have in-depth knowledge of the engine and installed devices by dismantling and assembling the vehicle parts. Vehicle detection and breakdown services do require strong knowledge, so the college has built a 4,600-square-meter training centre for high-end car brands to enhance their skills,” said Liu Yuanjin, a teacher.
This is the second time the varsity is offering such a course. In its initial year, 60 students enrolled to the course and most of them landed jobs in local top car service suppliers in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Hubei provinces.
The display of cars understandably made other students, who had not enrolled for the course, jealous.
“Do I still have the chance to change my course to repair cars?” asked Huang Chengcheng, a student majoring in urban engineering.
However, social media users criticized the university’s move.
“This Chinese school of luxury motor is not a school but playground for children of money laundering parents,” said Simon NG, social media user.
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