Govt eases rules on work­ing visas for for­eign stu­dents

Na­tion seeks to at­tract more global tal­ents

Global Times - Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Chen Qingqing

For­eign stu­dents in China who meet cer­tain qual­i­fi­ca­tions can get work per­mits with­out any work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence over­seas, a move to help the coun­try tap into more in­ter­na­tional tal­ents, an ex­pert said on Fri­day.

The Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­ci­ety Se­cu­rity, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs jointly an­nounced on Thurs­day that au­thor­i­ties would al­low some for­eign stu­dents with­out work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to find jobs in China, do­mes­tic news site thep­a­per. cn re­ported on Fri­day.

The new pol­icy is in line with glob­al­iza­tion, which fur­ther low­ers the bar­ri­ers for for­eign stu­dents who ob­tain a mas­ter’s de­grees or above from a well-known Chi­nese univer­sity, ac­cord­ing to the media re­port.

“It’s a sig­nif­i­cant progress in at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional tal­ents to China, as there is still a huge gap in the num­ber of Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing over­seas and for­eign stu­dents in China,” Miao Lü, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Bei­jing­based think tank the Cen­ter for China and Glob­al­iza­tion (CCG), told the Global Times on Fri­day.

She noted that the gap is mainly due to a lack of cour­ses taught in English and lim­i­ta­tion on em­ploy­ment for for­eign stu­dents, but at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional tal­ents is an im­por­tant step in glob­al­iza­tion.

In 2015, there were 1.26 mil­lion Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing aboard, ac­count­ing for 25 per­cent of the to­tal in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, but the to­tal num­ber of for­eign stu­dents in China was about 398,000, ac­cord­ing to the an­nual re­port on the de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing aboard pub­lished on the CCG’s web­site in De­cem­ber 2016. Al­though there have been some en­cour­ag­ing poli­cies in terms of schol­ar­ships, there are ob­sta­cles in at­tract­ing more for­eign stu­dents, the re­port showed.

The new pol­icy is good news for for­eign stu­dents, as it will be eas­ier for them to look for jobs, a for­eign stu­dent study­ing in Beijing from In­dia told the Global Times on Fri­day.

“More peo­ple may come to study in China be­cause it will be eas­ier to find jobs,” he said.

Al­though China pro­duces about 7 mil­lion univer­sity grad­u­ates an­nu­ally, not many of them could con­trib­ute to com­pa­nies’ growth, es­pe­cially when it comes to high-end in­dus­tries, Miao noted.

“In ad­di­tion, as more and more Chi­nese com­pa­nies are go­ing out, they surely need in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tives, and for­eign tal­ents will con­trib­ute to it,” she said.

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