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China seeks lessons in attracting more foreign students

Time:Sep 25, 2013
China seeks lessons in attracting more foreign students
Although the number of foreign students studying on the Chinese mainland has increased steadily in the past eight years, it still falls far behind the number of Chinese students going abroad, a report released on Tuesday said.  According to the Annual Report on the Development of Chinese Students Studying Abroad 2013, there were 1.14 million Chinese studying overseas last year. That compares with only 328,000 foreign students in China.
China seeks lessons in attracting more foreign students  
Published by the Center for China and Globalization, the report cites a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development done earlier this year showing that China lags behind 10 developed economies in terms of the number of international students.  The OECD said that China attracted only 1.8 percent of international university students in 2011. The US, the top destination for international students, attracted 17.5 percent. Only three universities on the Chinese mainland were ranked among the top 200 world-class universities, according to a worldwide university ranking in 2011-12 released by the Times Higher Education. 
China seeks lessons in attracting more foreign students  
The report said Chinese universities are less competitive than many of their counterparts in developed economies in terms of faculty, curriculum and student management.  In 2010, only about 11,000 foreign teachers taught in universities on the Chinese mainland, accounting for less than 1 percent of the total faculty.  The rate was 40 to 50 percent in Hong Kong that year, the report said. 
China seeks lessons in attracting more foreign students  
The book also suggests China reform its government scholarship program, which banned recipients from taking part-time jobs or living off campus. 

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