China Sends More Students Abroad Than Any Other Country

By John Wang
John Wang
John Wang
September 21, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Students are led on an orientation tour at Humboldt University in 2011. A newly released academic report shows that China is the largest supplier of exchange students to the world. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Of every seven students who study abroad, one of them is from China. The country is now the number one supplier of international students, says a recent report by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2011, the numbers of Chinese students studying abroad reached 339,700, a number almost 17 times that a decade ago. 

Almost half of them are in the United States. In 2010, China overtook India and became the country with largest number of students studying in U.S, said a report by the UN’s education agency, UNESCO. Currently, about 22 percent of all international students in the United States are from China.

Since the late 1970s over two million Chinese students have studied outside of their home country, said Wang Boqing, founder and chief expert of the MyCOS, China’s education consulting company, citing statistics from China’s Ministry of Education. 

As of 2011, more than 92 percent of these students have their studies funded privately, according to CGG’s report.

Wang Huiyao, Director of CCG, told state-run Chinese media that the trend of studying abroad will continue to grow .

A lack of confidence in their own education and entrance examination systems are the main reasons for the Chinese to send their children abroad, said Mr. Xiong Bingqi, Deputy Director of Shanghai Jiaotong University News Center.

Xiong pointed out that the western education style focuses more on personality development and respects students’ opinions, and these characteristics stand as contrast to the education system in China.

“Education in China forces you to squeeze onto same path as the elite. Education in other countries offers a wide selection of models to let kids find out ‘who I am,’ pursue their dreams, and become an independent person,” said Xiong.

“[Parents worry] that the schools only want to make money and will makes their kids incompetent,” said an opinion piece published on Voice of China after the release of the report.

Read the original Chinese article.

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