285,000 Chinese went abroad for study in 2010

16:57, March 17, 2011      

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Statistics released by the Ministry of Education on March 15 show that a total of nearly 285,000 Chinese citizens went abroad for study in 2010, an increase of 55,400 from 2009, and the total number of foreigners that studied in China in 2010 exceeded 260,000.

Statistics show that from 1978 to 2010, the total number of Chinese citizens that studied abroad has reached more than 1.9 million, of which, 632,200 chose to return to China. There were a total of nearly 1.3 million overseas Chinese students at the end of 2010, including 946,400 who received professional training, took undergraduate courses, master courses and doctorate courses, and engaged in post-doctoral research or academic visits.

According to sources, in 2010, the number of foreign students studying in China exceeded 260,000 for the first time. In addition, the number of China's foreign student source countries and regions, the number of Chinese units accepting foreign students and the number of foreign students obtaining the Chinese government scholarship hit a record high since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949.

According to statistics, more than 265,000 international students from 194 countries studied in 620 colleges and universities, scientific research institutions and other educational institutions in China's 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities (excluding Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) in 2010. Among them, the number of international students under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program reached over 22,000, up nearly 23 percent from 2009.

The largest group among international students in China in 2010 was from Asia (over 66 percent), followed by Europe, North and South America, Africa and Oceania.

South Korea sent the largest number of students to China last year, followed by the United States, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Indonesia, India, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

An official from the Ministry of Education said China will make efforts to lift its international student population to 500,000 by 2020 and develop itself into Asia's most popular destination country for international students.

By People's Daily Online

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