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From Baike Baidu:
Assistant counsellors [fudaoyuan] is a short term for people who assist different kinds of work, such as psychological counsellors, class tutors, technical instructors, or specifically university tutors. The tutor system is currently a universal measure taken by universities as a student management system [apparently an aspect of "social management"]. From senior students or from instructors, someone is chosen to do additional work as a fudaoyuan, taking care of students’ ideological and political instruction, student management and unity between students and the party. A fudaoyuan usually manages one or several grades.
Tutors are usually chosen in accordance with the following standards:
(1) politically strengthened, professional, with strict discipline, correct style, innovative and flexible thought, and a conscientious approach to work;
(2) a studying record beyond undergraduate, in possession of ability and political integrity, dedication, devotion to teaching, and love for the cause of ideological and political education;
(3) having a corresponding academic and specialized background, strong organizational and management skills, and communication skills (speaking and in writing), having received systematic training for the job, and a certificate;
(4) usually required to be a CCP member, and psychology or education are preferred majors when choosing a tutor.
(1) To help students in establishing a correct view of the world and of life, values, firmly on the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as a common ideal and conviction. Active guidance of students to continuously strive for higher goals, make the advanced elements among them establish the lofty ideals of communism, and establish a firm belief in Marxism.
To cut it short from here…
…, paras (2) and (3) are still about morals and ideology; (4) and (5) about more practical matters, including help for students in financial difficulties; (6) is about collectivism among students, and their political education and organizational strengths; (7) is about organizing and coordinating ideological and political theoretical education between teachers and other staff; and (8) is about stimulating enthusiasm and initiative about students.
According to the Baike article (as of today), there is a shift from appointing students or instructors as tutors or fudaoyuans, to choosing professionals from outside the universities.
Eric Fish of Sinostand explained on December 6 why a fudaoyuan he once met was a bitch, and in the commenting thread, I tried to explain why that bitch is or was a reasonably good fudaoyuan.
After all, she efficiently prepared the kids for a life on the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.
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