CHINA — Chinese Universities seek foreign students, China’s culture and economy may attract overseas students, but the education system does not. And that’s a big problem, because the government is trying to attract more foreign students as part of an internationalization strategy in an attempt to grab a slice of the international education market China Daily news report.
China Agricultural University, about 450 foreign students from America, Europe, Asia and Africa have been staying in CAU for both short-term visit and degree-seeking studying.
Study in China—Language is a great barrier but that won’t stop foreign students to pour into the country, Chinese culture and language and the economy offers a lot of opportunities according to Samuel Goldstein, a foreign University student in China.
The biggest barrier is linguistic, according to Jarvis. “While Mandarin will, of course, be an important language going forward, the main language for international commerce as well as the adopted language for scholarly engagement in the hard sciences and social sciences will remain English,” he said.
In 2011, there were approximately 4.3 million internationally mobile students in tertiary education worldwide, with 77,400 studying at colleges in China, according to statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Chinese Ministry of Education reported a higher number, saying that the country played host to 119,000 overseas students in 2011, including 88,500 college and undergraduate students, 23,600 graduate students, and 6,900 postgraduates according to China Daily news report.
According to the ministry’s action plan, China will host 500,000 international students at all levels by 2020, becoming the top Asian destination for overseas students. The number of overseas college and university students is expected to reach 150,000.