A mainland university has launched an e-commerce platform to sell new graduates to prospective employers, reflecting the worrisome downturn in the country's job market.
The 'Kunming University Talent Shop' was launched on Alibaba's retail platform Taobao on Thursday by He Hua, president of Kunming University, according to the People's Daily Online.
The site profiles 65 of the university's top graduates with a photograph and a brief summary of their career ambitions and preferred salaries.
The students are divided into four categories, the news report said: 'One Belt One Road style,' 'Made in China 2025 style,' 'internet style' and 'elite style,' a reference to Beijing's flagship economic growth policies to promote Chinese infrastructure investment and manufacturing power.
Prospective employers can then bid for the right to offer each student a job contract. Bidding fees start from 1,000 yuan ($160), payable to the site and the money is returned a week later regardless of a job offer, the People's Daily added.
Mr. He unveiled his venture at Kunming's graduation ceremony on Thursday with a life-size board of the student profiles.