84% of China and HK students not interested in postgrad study abroad

84% of China and HK students not interested in postgrad study abroad

84% of students from China and Hong Kong are not interested in postgraduate study abroad after the COVID-19 pandemic, a study has found.

A new study by Lingnan University has revealed that over 80% of university students from Mainland China and Hong Kong do not have any interest in undertaking study abroad.

The shift in attitudes has been attributed as being a direct result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Understanding Hong Kong and Mainland university students’ intentions to study overseas after the COVID-19 crisis” study was conducted by the School of Graduate Studies at Lingnan University between April and May earlier this year.

Just 16% of Chinese and HK students want to pursue overseas postgraduate studies

The survey asked students that were currently enrolled in HEIs in Hong Kong and Mainland China to detail their future plans for study abroad, with a total of 2739 student surveyed.

One of the findings from the survey was that just 16% of respondents still planned on pursuing overseas postgraduate studies.

The vast majority of respondents (84%) stated that they had no interest in taking part in study abroad after the end of the pandemic.

USA and UK most popular non-Asian destination countries

For the students who do still wish to study internationally, the top five most popular destination countries were the USA (which 17% of respondents expressed an interest in), Hong Kong (13.4%), the UK (12.2%), Japan (10.8%), and Taiwan (10.8%).

The five least-popular host countries were France (3.3%), New Zealand (3.3%), South Korea (3.04%), Malaysia (0.94%), and Italy (0.94%).

As part of their analysis of these findings, the research team stated that the study revealed that the pandemic is providing East Asian countries with far more opportunities within the international higher education sector.

The study found that around a third of respondents preferred to undertake their international study in Asian countries.

This is most likely due to the fact that COVID-19 has led to strict travel restrictions to the likes of the US and the UK, in addition to probable likelihood that students and their families would feel more comfortable attending an institution that was closer to home.

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Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

Josephine is an experienced journalist who previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Falmouth Anchor. She is also the former Deputy Editor of Voices, the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union’s publication, and has written for various food and lifestyle publications.

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