Become Asia’s largest study destination country by 2020

China Education Daily, Beijing, September 28 (reporter Ke Jin and Yu Guanshi) the National Conference on studying in China was held in Beijing today. The Ministry of Education announced the plan for studying in China for the next 10 years. According to the plan, by 2020, China will become the largest destination of overseas students in Asia; the number of overseas students studying in mainland universities and primary and secondary schools will reach 500000, including 150000 students receiving higher education.
The plan for studying in China also proposes that we should establish a work and service system for studying in China that is compatible with China’s international status, education scale and level; cultivate a large number of high-level teachers for studying in China; form a distinctive university group and high-level discipline group for studying in China; and cultivate a large number of high-quality graduates who are knowledgeable and friendly to China.
The plan aims to implement the outline of the national medium and long term education reform and development plan (2010-2020), strengthen the educational exchange and cooperation between China and foreign countries, promote the sustainable and healthy development of the cause of studying abroad in China, and improve the level of education internationalization in China. There are 20 items in the plan. It puts forward the development objectives, main tasks, guiding ideology, working policies, development ideas, policy guarantee, management system, working mechanism, etc. of the work of studying abroad in China in the next 10 years, and lists the work process planning of the sub projects.
It is understood that this conference is the fourth working conference of studying in China after the reform and opening up. Since the work conference of studying in China was held in 1998, the scale of studying in China has expanded rapidly in 12 years.
In 2009, a total of 238000 overseas students from 190 countries and regions studied in 610 institutions of higher learning, scientific research institutes and other teaching institutions in China. Compared with 1997, the number of overseas students in China increased by 4.5 times; the number of institutions accepting overseas students not only doubled, but also expanded from a single university to scientific research institutes and other teaching institutions; The number of countries and regions of origin has also increased by 30. From 1998 to 2009, China has received 1.43 million overseas students, accounting for 85% of the total number of overseas students since the reform and opening up. Especially since the new century, studying in China has developed rapidly, with an average annual growth rate of more than two figures.
At the same time, the central government’s financial investment has increased steadily and continuously, and the channels for funding students to study in China have become more diversified. At the same time that the central government’s financial support for studying in China is increasing, all provinces, universities and other institutions and organizations are actively carrying out their work to expand the scale of overseas students in China. At the level of local governments, Beijing, Shanghai and Yunnan Province took the lead in setting up local government scholarships for studying in China. Up to now, 12 provincial local governments have set up scholarships for studying in China, with a total funding of over 110 million yuan. At the level of institutions, the Confucius Institute has also set up scholarships to accept foreign Chinese teachers and students to study Chinese in China every year. At the level of colleges and universities, some colleges and Universities under the construction of “985” and “211 Project” have also set up scholarships to study in China, so as to attract more excellent students to study in China and expand the international influence of the University. At the enterprise level, since 2007, large state-owned enterprises such as PetroChina, China Development Bank and Huawei Group have also funded and set up scholarship programs to study in China.

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