PD Online survey: US schools still top choice for Chinese parents

15:37, August 26, 2010      

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The United States still tops the list of most popular destinations for Chinese parents who plan to send their children to study abroad, according to a recent survey by People's Daily Online.

According to the questionnaire, which asks what parents' greatest concerns are when sending their children abroad and where parents prefer to send them for further study, most parents hope their children can get the chance to study in a foreign country.

At the same time, about 45 percent of respondents chose America as their first choice, about 13 percent chose Britain and 11 percent choose Australia. About 6 percent choose Canada.

The results also show that education quality is the most important aspect. About 69 percent of parents pay more attention to a foreign university's degree of recognition, and most parents prefer to get information from universities' official Web sites. As a result, many Chinese parents hope these foreign countries' education organizations can provide Chinese versions of their Web sites for them.

However, about 58 percent and 56 percent Chinese parents feel that expensive tuition and the safety problems, respectively, are the greatest concerns for them.

By Wang Qianyuanxue, People's Daily Online


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