Jiaotong and Fudan University may place high up in university world rankings in almost every discipline but it’s only now that they are adding the “luxury” of air conditioning to their dormitories.
Jiaotong University will start the installations in a few weeks time and should have its air-conditioning units operational by mid-June according to Yao Renzhong, a university official. It’s the first local public university to add air conditioning to dormitories at the cost of about 20 million RMB. Other public universities such as Fudan University will soon follow suit.
The addition of air conditioning was prompted by an increasing number of students who remain in universities during summer or winter breaks working as researchers and interns. Faced with a lack of air conditioning, some students had started taking themselves out of their dorms to stay in hotels during the hottest and coldest days of the year.
Air conditioning was welcomed by an overwhelming majority of Jiaotong University students, however, a survey showed that around 20% were worried about the cost and the disagreements it could create since students foot the bill for electricity costs separately.
To try and accommodate students, the school said it would offer a scholarship in which students from poorer families could pay for the extra costs by doing work for the university. It would also allow students to install air conditioning themselves if it met the standards and said that students could choose to opt out of air conditioned housing by rooming together.