Friday, December 29, 2017
Ambitious target will be smashed as communist state steps up overseas collaboration efforts.
China will be teaching at least 500,000 international students by 2020, a new study suggests.
Last year, the number of international students in China is likely to have passed 400,000 for the first time thanks to a steady rise in foreign enrolments since 2011, says a report by the Institute of International Education, a US education thinktank, published to coincide with the inaugural award of the Yidan Prize, an education award founded by Chinese technology billionaire Charles Chen Yidan.
The award, worth $7.7 million (£5.8 million) in total each year, was presented to Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor, and Colombian schools pioneer Vicky Colbert at a ceremony in Hong Kong on 11 December.
According to the study, Academic Mobility: the 21st Century Silk Road, China taught 397,635 international students in autumn 2015 – 100,000 more than in 2011.