[photopress:mba_1_2_3_4.jpg,full,alignright]China is pushing ahead in its efforts to become a leading destination for international students, riding on the wave of a growing number of foreigners coming to study in recent years.
This year alone, the authorities will increase the amount of scholarships for foreign students — a group that grows by 3,000 people every year — to attract more of those coming for advanced degrees and study.
The Ministry of Education in a recent interview has earmarked RMB500 million ($71 million) for the scholarships this year, up 40% from that of last year.
The grants will provide each student free education and accommodation, plus a monthly bonus of RMB800 to RMB1,400.
The number of foreign students studying in China reached a record of more than 195,000 last year, up 20% year on year, latest figures from the ministry showed.
Zhao Lingshan, the ministry’s official in charge of foreign students’ study in China. said, ‘With a good social environment, fast economic development and rising international stature, China has become more and more attractive to foreign students in recent years. The country’s improved quality of higher education has received worldwide recognition.’
China has also signed mutual diploma recognition contracts with 32 countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand, Austria and Russia.
Source: China Daily