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Are Chinese students falling out of love with US universities? [Copy link] 中文

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(South China Morning Post) More than 350,000 Chinese enrolled at seats of learning in America in 2016-17, but safety fears are making some people think twice

Education consultants suggested the slowdown might have been triggered by an increase in the number of options available to young people as well as growing safety concerns among their parents.


Of the more than 1 million foreign students who enrolled at universities in the United States in the period, 350,755, or about 35 per cent, were Chinese, the Open Doors study by the Institute of International Education, a non-profit organisation supported by the US government, said.


The total – which comprised 142,851 undergraduates, 128,320 postgraduates and almost 80,000 non-degree students – represented an increase of 6.8 per cent from 2015-16, but that was lower than the 8.1 per cent gain recorded 12 months earlier.


The number of Indian students saw the fastest rate of growth, expanding more than 12 per cent to over 185,000.


Gu Huini, founder of ZoomIn Academy, an education consultancy based in Shanghai, said the US was still a popular destination for many mainland students, but no longer the top choice for his clients.


“In the past two years, more and more parents are asking us about Canadian universities,” he said.


“Canada is their new favourite, as it offers lower living costs than large US cities and is safer than the US in people’s minds.”


Parents were becoming increasingly anxious about security issues in the US, especially since the Las Vegas shooting and the disappearance of Zhang Yingying from her University of Illinois campus, Gu said.


The 26-year-old went missing in June and authorities in the United States said she is presumed dead. A man has been arrested and charged with her kidnapping.


“When parents choose schools for their kids, they ask me which state or city in the US is safer,” Gu said. “Security is a higher consideration for them than the education industry might think.”

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Post time 2017-11-15 12:44:59 |Display all floors
The powerful NRA is to be blamed for that.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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So what?

China's birth rate is low and falling. In time the Chinese will grow an old people with too few young among them.

Why hasn't China invested in a better education system over the past 30 years? It has saved money while parents have to pay dearly to buy a decent higher education for their children abroad.

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Post time 2017-11-15 19:36:47 |Display all floors
This post was edited by cestmoi at 2017-11-15 19:40

It's natural that the number of students from India increases.

The USA hands out more H1B visas to Indians than any other nationality. Also, Indians are preferred over Chinese by many employers, if not all. Some of the biggest I.T. companies have Indian CEOs e.g. Microsoft, Google etc. But the job loss to H1Bs recipients is blamed on Chinese.

As President Xi suggested, China needs to increase its reach, market share and job opportunities in STEM for China and by extension for Chinese. I hope China succeed and in succeeding, also provide opportunities to other nationalities.
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Post time 2017-11-15 19:37:42 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2017-11-15 15:43
So what?

China's birth rate is low and falling. In time the Chinese will grow an old people with ...
...Why hasn't China invested in a better education system over the past 30 years? It has saved money while parents have to pay dearly to buy a decent higher education for their children abroad. ...


China is in the process f doing just that, It will take some time.
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Post time 2017-11-15 21:18:49 |Display all floors
Chinese students start to change their minds which continue to study in domestic university.
as you know, every year, lots of students studying abroad returned, this causes to change those students' plan.

hunting for a job is not the only option for undergraduates. they more are anxious for making business in a good economic environment. Domestic mainland is best selected place.
life is colorful with you.

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tonysong2000 Post time: 2017-11-15 21:18
Chinese students start to change their minds which continue to study in domestic university.
as you  ...

Chinese students "have a mind"? Now that is news. iis known they don't have a mind - only their parents do, especially those with money.

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