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China ‘will teach 500,000 international students by 2020’

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.

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