In August 2017 (VU IN&R No 96), we already noted an article in World Education News & Reviews about China as potentially a new leading destination for international students. Now, this emerging trend is underpinned by data from the Chinese government. The Chinese Ministry of Education reports that in 2017, there were 489 200 international students in China; an increase of over 10% for the second consecutive year. Most of them are coming to China for a Study Abroad period, but almost half (241 500 or 49.38%) are degree students. According to the MOE, a growing number of foreign students are choosing to study in China for a master’s or PhD degree across a widening range of disciplines, and scholarships granted by the Chinese government are playing an increasingly important role in attracting international students.
May 7, 2018