|International students walk in a Chinese campus. [CCTV News]|
China may surpass Britain as the world's second-largest destination for overseas students in the next few years, according to British newspaper The Independent.
According to China's Ministry of Education, more than 397,000 overseas students from 202 countries and regions were studying in China in 2015. The number was up about 5.5 percent from a year earlier and puts China before Canada, Germany and France. The number of students studying for degrees accounts for more than 46 percent of the total and was growing at more than 12 percent whilst behind the USA at number one.
Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhejiang are the top three destinations.
The Independent newspaper from the UK also quoted experts confirming that the number of international students studying in China has risen so rapidly, China will overtake the UK as the second most popular academic destination in the world.
The Independent noted that the trend is thought to be partly due to a drive by the Chinese government, as well as increasingly higher education standards and scholarship programs for degree-seeking students.
Professor David Goodman, who leads the China Studies program of the University of Liverpool, told the Independent international students benefit from the exposure to China and its culture, not least because of its growing economy and jobs market.
(Source: CCTV News and CRI English)
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