The majority of "post-1990s" Chinese college students see themselves as socially conscious and financially responsible, a new survey by Fudan University and Shanghai Open University suggests, challenging the common stereotype of them being self-centered and prodigal.
The survey pressed more than 6,300 students from 39 universities and colleges about their attitudes toward society, money and employment.
Of all respondents, 61.9 percent said they discussed social issues on the Internet.
The corruption crackdown (75.7 percent) and public security (57.3 percent) were among the issues they were most content with, while food safety (37.3 percent) and the wealth gap (32.4 percent) did not fare so well.
When asked what they would do with "spare money," 72.1% of the surveyed students opted for saving. Fewer than 10% said they would borrow to spend.
Foreign firms (23.4%) and being self-employed (21.1%) were the most favored career paths, while only 8.6% of respondents voiced a preference for being a civil servant, according to the survey.
Moreover, 35.3 percent of students named career development as the top concern during a job hunt, about 10 percent chose income, and fewer than 7 percent went for stability, light workload or networking.