By Michael Evans
A university in Jiangsu is dividing students into classes based on their zodiac signs, according to Chinese media reports last week.
Yangzhou University’s College of Bioscience and Biotechnology has created twelve special classes, each for students of a different star sign.
Taiwan’s Want China Times reports that the plan has received a warm welcome from students:
“I never thought I would be in a class where all my classmates are of the same star sign,” said student Xu Xueting. “I feel a strange sense of pleasure; it’s not only increased my enjoyment of the classes, it has also improved our learning and I’ve made a lot of great friends.”
“I hope this type of class can continue, I absolutely love it to death,” she added.
University officials said that the plan was created to combat rising numbers of students skipping class, and included an overhaul of curriculum to appeal to students’ interests as grouped by star sign.
A class for intuitive and insightful Scorpios discussed the top ten unsolved mysteries of bioscience, while a lecture for the more mature and reserved Tauruses stuck to a more straightforward focus on genetic engineering, according to the Yangtse Evening News.
“University students born in the 90s are open-minded and into fashionable things, so the school should also follow the trends to find a new teaching system for the new generation,” explained the college’s deputy Party secretary.
But the program has also attracted criticism, leading the university to clarify that the classes are entirely student-run and not part of the regular, mandatory curriculum.
[Editor’s note: If anyone was in any doubt that star signs, like all aspects of astrology, are hokum, these students probably don’t even have the star signs they think they do.]