Edited by Huiyao Wang and Lu Miao
Chapter 22: The patterns and trends of Chinese studying abroad
Globalization is at a crossroads, buffeted by the winds of changing immigration and employment policies in the West. In this context, studying overseas has to slow down. The growth rate of international students in traditionally popular countries like the United States and the United Kingdom is slowing. China, the biggest source of overseas students globally, has seen a slowdown in 2016; however, the proportion of self-funded students abroad stayed high, the studies abroad maintained the tendency of plebification and popularization, and at the same time, it raised concerns for the safety of students abroad. The number of returnees continued to rise. On the one hand, this has provided a large reserve of international talents; on the other, returnee employment entered a “Bronze Age,” in which families and society debate the value of studying abroad. Based on an analysis of the features of Chinese studying abroad, the chapter gives some suggestions on cooperating more closely on international education, building a comprehensive platform that deals with returnee employment, intensifying safety education and training for students abroad, and attracting more foreign students to study in China.
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