Tibet awards doctorates for 1st time

LHASA, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Four students in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region were granted doctorate degrees Friday, the first batch of doctorate degrees ever awarded by a Tibetan university.

The students majoring in Tibetan history, Tibetan language and literature, high-altitude medicine, attended the graduation ceremony at Tibet University Friday.

"As one of the first doctorate holders that were indigenously cultivated in Tibet, I appreciate very much the accomplishment of study under the government policy to protect and inherit ethnic culture," said Soinam Cering, 32, one of the graduates.

The university has been authorized to award doctorates since 2013.

Tibet has seven higher education institutions, with over 60 students currently pursuing doctorate degree.

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