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) http://www.moe.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/moe/s5987/201202/130328.html
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