Wednesday, 15 February 2012

MoE Releases 2011 Statistics on Overseas Students and Returnees

According to recent figures released by the Ministry of Education (MoE), Chinese students pursuing degrees at overseas HEI's continued to show high growth in 2011.

The MoE reports that 339700 students in total left China to pursue study overseas. Of those, 12800 were sponsored by the national government; 12100 were sponsored by their work organisations, and 314800 were self-funding students. Overall this represents a 55000 increase on 2010 figures, meaning a year-on-year growth rate of 19.32%

Overseas students returning to China increased proportionally at a greater rate in comparison to 2010 figures. Figures for returnees in 2011 increased by 38.08% (51300) over 2010 numbers, with 186200 students returning. Of those, 9300 were nation government-sponsored students; 7700 were sponsored by work organisations, and the remainder 169200 were self-funding students.

The MoE states that, since the Gaige Kaifang (Opening and Reform Period) commenced in 1978, 2245210 Chinese students have received a international university education at UG or PG levels.

At present, the MoE states that 1108800 are currently pursuing degrees overseas.

Original Link (Chinese)


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