China top study abroad destination in Asia

China top study abroad destination in Asia

China has become one of the top destinations for studying abroad last year after the Chinese government sponsored thousands of scholarship grants for international students.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the Beijing Normal University (BNU) on June 27, Liu Xiao, Deputy Director of the Division of Study in China, Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Education, said that more than 492,000 international students from 196 countries travelled to China last year to study at 1,004 universities and colleges, scientific research institutes, and other educational institutions.

This put the country as one of the top study destinations in Asia.

Of the number, Liu said that 52.4 percent decided to obtain a diploma.

China top study abroad destination for international students

Last year, the government sponsored 63,000 scholarship slots to international students to encourage making China top study abroad destination, of which 90 percent pursued a diploma.

BNU Vice President Wang Shoujun said at the same ceremony that the Emerging Markets Institute (EMI), which hosts an international Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme, has worked on subjects on emerging markets, South–South cooperation, the Belt and Road Initiative, and global development, since it was founded in 2011.

EMI 2017 graduate Phelisters Wegesa Marwa told new graduates to “go out and make a significant change” and use the knowledge in giving back to the society.

Yeniffer Del Valle Lopez Lizcano, also an EMI graduate from the Ministry of Defense in Venezuela, said: “We need to put all these experiences and knowledge learned from this programme into practice at the service of our countries, to contribute to the development that our emerging markets demand so much for the construction of a better future.”

The programme has since trained 182 students from 61 countries, and each has played a significant role in encouraging economic development and cooperation between China and their home countries.

The MBA programme was designed to promote and train promising and interdisciplinary talent among senior government officials, scholars and managers for recipient countries who are working in politics, economics, and trade, providing intellectual support for the economic and social development of recipient countries.

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Angelica is a reporter for Global Education Times with a focus on the ‘business of education’, and on Asia-Pacific and South American education affairs. An experienced journalist, Angelica also writes for the oldest English newspaper in the Philippines, The Manila Times, as the publication’s business correspondent.
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