China as a Study Destination for Global Students Part II
China’s Share in World Education
China is one of the leading nations when it comes to the share in world education. According to the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) conducted by OECD for studying educational systems across the globe, students from Shanghai demonstrated equivalent skill and knowledge to one additional year of schooling as against their peers from parts of EU and the US. Of all East Asian economies, Chinese students performed the best when it came to English, math and reading skills.
Advantages of China as a Study Destination
China’s civilization dates back to 5000 years and its booming economy is the signal of its rising prospects. This is why there are many advantages of opting for China as a study destination. It is a dynamic and vibrant nation for international students who want to carve out a niche for themselves.
Even during the financial crisis, China’s economy remained sturdy. It is home to some of the leading companies in the world. Many MNCs have also established a base of operations in China. Apart from world class cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, China’s second tier cities such as Wuhan and Chengdu are also known for their world class facilities and eminent colleges and universities. Worldwide restaurant chains are operating here to cater to the culinary needs of international students as well. China is moving forward and it also has a rich cultural heritage.
From Confucian philosophy to the 4 great inventions, China is known for its innovation and rich cultural legacy. China’s government greatly values and a stress on education and it has made huge investments in the field of higher education. World class universities have been developed under Project 985 and Project 211 initiated by the Chinese government to improve the quality of higher education in China and make it compatible with international standards. Technical as well as managerial higher education courses in China are highly sought in current times.
China’s incredible diversity and its status as the third largest nation in the world also attracts students who want to understand other cultures and gain insights into diverse ethnicities in China.
Quick facts, statistical data and main reasons for opting for China
The importance of higher education in China is a universally acknowledged fact. Nearly 2000 years before, many students from Arabic and East Asian states came as scholars to this nation. The birth of modern universities in China can be traced to the 19th century. Since the establishment of the People’s Republic in China in the year 1949, many important universities were established in China.
Towards the 1950s, Chinese universities and higher educational institutions started admitting international students. According to CUCAS, nearly 600 of the approximately 3000 universities in China are now accepting students from different parts of the world. In the year 2009, over 240,000 international students were enrolled in higher educational institutions.3 The number is far higher now.
Another reason why China’s higher educational institutions are a good choice for international students is because of the global recognition accorded to Chinese qualifications across different countries in the world. China’s graduates are also welcomed by different educational institutions across the world such as Australia, the US and the UK as well as Asian nations such as South Korea and Japan.
CUCAS estimates that about 20,000 students who graduate from Chinese colleges and universities go for further qualifications to educational institutions across the globe. Apart from this, many graduates from China also work in the vest companies, universities and research institutions across the world. China has also signed a pact for mutual recognition of qualifications with many different regions and countries (see the List of Countries at this link
China’s higher educational institutions have an amazing range of programs in diverse fields such as economics, psychology, trade and finance apart from technical education. You can scan through the numerous options
China’s higher education system is cohesive and well developed. International students benefit from the diverse range of courses offered here. China is home to some of the best educational institutions in the world. It is a very popular academic destination for students across the globe.