International students in China exceeded 140,000 in 2005 and increased by 32% compared to the number in 1998, according to the press conference held by the Ministry of Education on Monday.
The reasons are that China is more and more influential internationally and the quality of Chinese higher education is improving.
During the last 10 years, the number of international students winning Chinese government scholarship has increased from over 4000 yearly to more than 7000 each year.
In the ten years from 1996 to 2005, financially supported by state scholarship, 22,031 Chinese students went abroad to study and 97.02 percent of them, which are 18, 098students, returned to China on schedule.
From 1978 to the end of 2005, Chinese students studying abroad totaled 930,000, among whom 230,000 have returned. Out of the 700,000 Chinese students still staying abroad, about 160,000 have finished their study and begun to work, while 500,000 are still studying.
From 2000 to 2005, state-funded students abroad make up 7% of the students studying abroad while those self-supported make up 93%.
China Scholarship Council set up Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad in 2003. For the three years since then, 501 self-financed students abroad won this scholarship which is 5,000 US dollars per person.
By People's Daily Online