Ma Yi, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, recently lamented that a student with excellent research skills could not get a doctorate degree in China.

He also criticized the education system and the bureaucracy of universities in China. 

On June 29, Ma Yi wrote on Weibo that he brought a student from Chengdu University of Electronic Science and Technology to the United States for three years. 

The student is scheduled to graduate in September this year and submitted his doctoral thesis in early April. 

However, Chengdu University had given opinions from an external reviewer, stating that the student missed the degree review period on campus and he couldn’t get the doctorate degree.

Ma Yi said he has negotiated with the university authorities many times in the past two months.

But in China, all of the colleges and universities shirked their responsibilities to each other, even to the Ministry of Education.

He said that Chengdu University was extremely bureaucratic, and the students were treated callously.

Students have long revised their dissertations in a timely manner in accordance with the external reviewers’ opinions. 

Though there are still several months between now and September, Chengdu University is ignoring the issue of this modification. 

Ma Yi said it turned out that professors at Chengdu University lacked the skills and authority to judge if their students are qualified for a doctorate degree.

Ma Yi questioned if the goal of the university managers is not to serve its students.

The professor said that he was very upset at Chengdu University because it did not respect the talents. He advised the best students in China to take a lesson from this case when selecting their favorite universities.

Ma Yi graduated from Tsinghua University in 1995. After graduation, he taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he became the youngest associate professor in the history of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2009, he became a senior researcher in the Visual Computing Group at Microsoft Research Asia. 

From 2017 to now, he has been working at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of California, Berkeley. 

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