[photopress:mba_china_educational.jpg,full,alignright]The 13th China International Education Exhibition Tour (CIEET) running from March 1 to 16, has attracted a record 400 higher educational institutes from nearly 30 countries and regions.
Fang Maotian, director of the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) under the Ministry of Education said, ‘Schools overseas have been competing for Chinese students in recent years.’
He also pointed out that this year marked the 30th anniversary of an important speech on expanding scholarly exchange by late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. Over the last 30 years, China has seen a rapid progress in this area.
Statistics from the Ministry of Education show that since 2002, China had more than 100,000 people engaging in overseas study each year. In 2005, 118,500 studied abroad, of which 106,500 were self-sponsored.
The exhibition this year has attracted representatives from countries popular with Chinese students, such as Britain, France, Holland, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
China saw a great internal demand for overseas study after it adopted the reform and opening-up policy in 1978. At that time, overseas study meant a better job and greater expectations as people with international education background were urgently needed.
In recent years, however, overseas-returned students are no longer rare and the jon advantage has diminished considerably.
The China International Education Exhibition Tour will go to Beijing, Dalian, Xi’an, Chongqing, Shanghai, Changsha and Guangzhou.
Source: China View