[photopress:european_students_EEC_scholarships.jpg,full,alignright]China Youth Daily reports the beginning of a project where the Chinese government provides 100 annual scholarships to young EU students.
Liu Wanliang, an official with China’s mission to the European Union, said the program was first brought up last September during the 9th China-EU Summit meeting in Helsinki.
Liu Wanliang said that the project specifically targets EU students under 35 years of age, seeking to study at university level. Once their applications are successful, they will receive a full state scholarship to study the language and culture of China. The program will run from 2007 to 2011, encompassing 115 Chinese universities.
There are probably about 30 million people studying Chinese around the world. Over 2,500 universities now teach Chinese. Over 1 million South Korean and Japanese are studying Chinese. It is estimated that by 2010, about 100 million people in the world will learn Chinese with at least 4 million teachers needing to be trained.