Education expert Yu Minhong has forecast a rise in the number of Chinese students studying abroad over the next five years.
China is the leading source of international students for foreign universities and colleges, and even more of its young people are preparing to go abroad to study over the next five years, according to an education policy adviser.
Yu Minhong, founder and chief executive of the New Oriental Education and Technology Group and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s National Committee, estimates that the number of Chinese studying abroad each year will peak at between 700,000 and 800,000.
“Considering China’s economic growth and rising household incomes, the annual number [of Chinese studying abroad] will come to a head within five years,” he said. “Then it will fluctuate in line with the annual birthrate and the economy.”
For the 2017 – 2018 school Year 608,400 Chinese studied abroad, more than triple the 179,800 that sought out education overseas in 2008, the Ministry of Education says. Mr Yu estimates that at its peak about 80,000 to 100,000 Chinese will be in primary and secondary education abroad; 400,000 to 500,000 will be attending colleges and universities; 100,000 to 200,000 will be pursuing postgraduate education; and 50,000 to 100,000 will be undergoing skills training or be at vocational schools.
教育部表示，2017至2018学年，608,400名中国人在国外学习，是2008年在海外接受教育的179,800名学生的三倍多。余先生估计，在其高峰期，大约有8万到10万中国人将在国外接受中小学教育; 400,000至500,000将进入大学和学院; 10万至20万人将进行研究生教育; 5万到10万人将接受技能培训或在职业学校就读。