Several researches and studies conducted by various international bodies have always concluded that the USA dominates the international education scene. In a similar study conducted by Institute of International Education, it was revealed that China was the top place of origin of international students studying in the USA in 2012/13. But the scene is slowly changing and the focus is shifting from the USA to the Asian country, China. Another study by Institute of International Education says that by the end of 2014, China will have 100,000 students from the USA itself. We look at the reasons that have induced the shift and promoted the phenomenon of reverse brain drain.
Officially called the People’s Republic of China, the country, already the world’s second largest economy, is slowly emerging as the next global education hub. The reason for this big shift is that the country is allocating sufficient time and resources to the teaching process in its universities to encourage a clear understanding of different cultures and lifestyles.
What does it mean for Indian students?
In the last few years, much of Indian students’ focus, when it comes to choosing a study abroad destination, has shifted from the USA to other comparatively cheaper options that allow them to access world-class education without having to empty their bank balance. The country that wins in the race is China for it has used this opportunity the best. Chinese universities have fared well in the global university rankings with 25 institutions from China making it to the QS World University Rankings 2013/2014. Furthermore, there are a number of scholarships available for international students in China that can be availed easily.
Brief history of international students in China
The outbreak of SARS in 2003 affected the incoming of international students in China immensely. But the country recovered the number and got back on track in no time.
With this steep increase in the number of international students opting for China to complete their higher studies, we look at the reasons that make China the next best study abroad destination for Indian students.
Top Universities in China
China is home to over 1,000 higher educational institutions currently. With students from all nationalities coming to China to study, more and more Chinese universities have now started offering courses in English. Many universities in China are recognized all over the world for the quality of education they offer. The QS World University Rankings 2013/2014 includes 25 institutions from China. The 8 universities that made a place for themselves in the top 200 are listed below:
Scholarships in China
The China's Ministry of Education offered Chinese Government Scholarships to 163 countries in the year 2003. Mentioned below is a list that consists of major scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education of China to international students:
Application process for studying in China
With China attracting a large influx of students from all over the world, we look at what the application process of the country is like. There are over 465 institutions of higher education in China that offer global level education and their application processes are devoid of any complexity.
Lodging in China
Students should make the applications for accommodation to the universities before leaving for China. Most universities have their own dormitories where they offer accommodation to students at a particular cost, which is fixed. Those who don’t wish to stay on-campus can live off-campus with the permission of the university.
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