In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents Flock to Main­land Col­leges

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China has be­come Asia's big­gest des­ti­na­tion for over­seas stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Chi­nese Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE).

State me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tion Xin­hua re­ports that in

2017 there were 489,200 for­eign­ers study­ing in

China, 75,800 of whom were post­grad­u­ates or post­doc­toral re­searchers, a growth of 18.62 per­cent year on year.

Laos re­placed Viet­nam among the top 10 sources of over­seas stu­dents. China's Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive was said to have con­trib­uted to the growth with the num­ber of stu­dents from Belt and Road na­tions grow­ing by 11.6 per­cent on 2016 fig­ures. Most stu­dents were dis­trib­uted among large and wealthy mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or prov­inces, such as Shang­hai and Bei­jing, and Zhe­jiang and Jiangsu prov­inces, the MOE said.

Com­pared to Chi­nese lan­guage stud­ies, which was once the top choice for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, more are now ma­jor­ing in science and en­gi­neer­ing, eco­nomics, law and man­age­ment.

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