By Bilal Hafeez 09-08-2019

Chinese Universities Need to Attract More Foreign Students, But Not by Treating Them Differently (SCMP, 3 min read)

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Despite being a ‘net exporter’ of talent and also Asia’s top destination for overseas studies, China struggles to attract top students from abroad (only 0.6% of students are international students in China, compared to 5.3% in the US). In this article, Wang Huiyao, founder of a Beijing based think tank, argues that with trade – the core engine of Chinese growth – weakening, global talent flows will hold potential to maintain development. The improvement and provision of more courses conducted in English and the better integration of foreign students into the educational and social structure are suggested as just some of the ways to tackle the dire situation.

Why does this matter? A few weeks ago we discussed the growing number of Chinese scholars based in the US. Now the tables are turning and China is waking up to the potential of international education to grow into a local, staple industry similar to the US and the UK – contributing jobs, revenue, and injecting innovation into the country. We believe that the timing is right, given the Belt and Road Initiative pending and the trade wars hindering an already slowing economy.

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