Vice-Minister of Education Zhang Xinsheng told a press conference that China has drawn more than 1.23 million students from abroad since launching its reform and opening up in the late 1970s.
He said, ‘More overseas students are opting for long-term, formal education in China in a wide range of subjects, from language and culture to science, engineering and medicine. They are from both developing and developed countries both.’
According to ministry figures the number of overseas students studying in China reached a record 195,000 last year, up 20% from 2006.
China has signed mutual diploma recognition contracts with 33 countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.
Source: China View