One of them has been studying for their PhD for 18 years and another two for 17 years, according to an announcement released by the university's College of Information Science and Engineering on Tuesday.The students were enrolled by the college from 2002 to 2012, a list on the college's official website showed. About 78 percent of them have been studying for their PhD at the college for over a decade.
The study period for doctoral students in the university is three years, however, and the maximum length of schooling is six years with suspensions included, according to the management rules of the university.
Chinese universities have been seen clearing those postgraduate or PhD students who fail to graduate at the correct time in recent years. Xidian University in Xi'an of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, for example, dismissed 33 PhD students in August, some of whom had been studying for 15 years...
A professor at a Shanghai-based university, also a PhD tutor, who asked not to be named, told the Global Times that the main reasons for some PhD students failing to graduate are that they cannot meet the academic requirements of their chosen schools, including publishing a certain number of studies on academic journals, completing course credits, and finishing and having their doctorate dissertations approved.
"In addition, many schools generally have improved their academic requirements for doctoral students in recent years, making it difficult to finish a PhD," the professor noted, adding that PhD students at his school also need to attend international-level academic meetings, in addition to publishing academic papers and having their final thesis reviewed by experts from other schools.
Source: Global Times