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Incentives to attract foreign students

By Wang Hongyi (China Daily)

09:15, August 30, 2012

Overseas students show their locally flavored food at an international cultural festival in Shanghai University. Shi Peiqi / for China Daily

Shanghai hopes scholarship system will boost degree program numbers

Shanghai is encouraging foreign students to study at local universities with a package that includes scholarships and language-training programs.

Municipal officials hope the number of foreign students will increase to 70,000, a 45 percent gain, by 2015.

The municipality will establish a comprehensive scholarship system to encourage outstanding students to study in the city, according to a Shanghai Municipal Education Commission development plan for the 2011-15 period. The plan was unveiled over the weekend. According to the plan, the city will increase the number of government-funded scholarships and add a full scholarship for undergraduates.

The number of international students in the city has gone up in recent years. In 2011, about 47,700 overseas students were studying in Shanghai, but only a third of them were in long-term degree programs. The plan's goal is to have at least 70 percent of foreign students studying in long-term degree programs.

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