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China has become world’s largest source of overseas students

Thursday,Dec 15, 2016

From: People’s Daily Online

 

Annual Report on the Development of Chinese Students Studying Abroad (2016)" was released by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing on Dec. 12, 2016. (filephoto)

In 2015, a total of 1.26 million Chinese students studied abroad, accounting for about 25 percent of all international students worldwide. According to an annual report by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), China has become the single largest source of overseas students.

The report, released on Dec. 12 and titled "Annual Report on the Development of Chinese Students Studying Abroad (2016)," was jointly published by CCG and the Social Science Academic Press (China). It is the fifth version of the research report, which was first published in 2012.

According to CCG’s research, China is the largest source of overseas students in English-speaking countries including the U.S., Canada, Britain and Australia. It is also the top source for Asian countries including Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Statistics show that Chinese students account for more than 30 percent of total overseas students in the U.S.and Canada, and about 62 percent of international students in South Korea in 2015.

The report pointed out that China has been the largest source of overseas students in the U.S. for seven consecutive years, and the number of Chinese students earning bachelor’s degrees surpassed the number of those doing graduate studies for the first time last year.

Meanwhile, the number of younger students studying abroad is rising every year. A study conducted by CCG and MyCOS showed a significant increase in Chinese students studying in high schools outside of China. The proportion of Chinese students going abroad for highschool jumped from 17 percent in 2012 to 27 percent in 2015. Data released last year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicates that the number of Chinese students in middle and high schools in the U.S. has increased threefold in the last five years.

The report notes that from 1978 to the end of 2015, more than 4 million Chinese students went abroad to study. Among them, 126,430 students are still in school, and 221,860 have returned to China since finishing their studies. The total number of returning students has increased significantly since the academic exodus began. Good job opportunities and international remuneration are the main factors attracting returnees. Also playing a role are favorable measures including the liberalization of immigration restrictions, support for scientific research, the abolition of household registration restrictions and more.

Most returnees choose to work in first-tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.They are mainly involved in the financial, manufacturing, education and scientific industries. More than 60 percent work in grassroots positions with salaries that fall shortof their expectations, according to the report.(By Du Mingming)
From People’s Daily Online,2016-12-13

 

 

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