[photopress:mba_shanghai_jiao_tiang_1.jpg,full,alignright]Shanghai Jiao Tong University has set up the city’s first undergraduate overseas study foundation to give needy undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad.
The fund aims to aid 150 to 180 students each year with between RMB8,000 ($1,143) and RMB15,000 to cover part of their short-term study costs at foreign universities.
Only needy students with families living below the poverty line and a performance rank in the top 20% of their class are eligible.
Since 2005, Jiao Tong has had an overseas study scheme that encourages and provides opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in degree programs, short-term exchange programs or summer school or internships at foreign partner universities.
Jiao Tong officials said that about 14% of the university’s nearly 20,000 undergraduates have obtained such overseas experience at about 50 universities to date.
Jiao Tong officials said that they would continue seeking donations to expand the fund.
Source: China View