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Policies and practices of international student education in Chinese higher education

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One of the major objectives of Chinese state policy in international student education is to enhance China's influence in the international society. The Chinese government is developing high quality higher education and increase its' competitiveness in the context of globalization and the knowledge-based economy. Meanwhile, Chinese universities have made extensive efforts to attract international students since early 90s. Motivations of Chinese universities' enriching international student education are not only for maximizing the economic benefits gained from accepting international students but also are for enhancing mutually cooperative relationship with foreign institutions through student exchange activities. Within the context of internationalization in higher education, this research examines the policies and practices of international student education in Chinese higher education. The goal of this research is to identify the characteristics of international student education in China by the examining historical development and policy issues regarding international student education from economic, diplomatic and cultural perspectives. This empirical study analyzes both policy and literature as a major methodology and explains through these resources international student education vis-a-vis Chinese higher education. This research also includes a review of data of international education in Chinese higher education institutions; careful analysis of the "Study in China Project," launched in 2009, highlights China's aims to host a total of 500,000 international students by the year of 2020. The research concludes by exploring the possibilities and challenges Chinese higher education faces as it moves to enhance its international competitiveness in the near future. Through this research, a clearer view of how and why the Chinese government has strategically implemented policies to expand enrollment of international students in its higher education institutions. China has already become one of the largest host countries of international students and is expected to become even more prominent. Expanding quantity while increasing quality, and internationalizing its education system while maintaining its national character, remain key issues for the further development of international student education in China.

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China, Interantional Students
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Kuroda, Chiharu. "Policies and practices of international student education in Chinese higher education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492876_index.html>

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Kuroda, C. , 2011-04-30 "Policies and practices of international student education in Chinese higher education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492876_index.html

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Abstract: One of the major objectives of Chinese state policy in international student education is to enhance China's influence in the international society. The Chinese government is developing high quality higher education and increase its' competitiveness in the context of globalization and the knowledge-based economy. Meanwhile, Chinese universities have made extensive efforts to attract international students since early 90s. Motivations of Chinese universities' enriching international student education are not only for maximizing the economic benefits gained from accepting international students but also are for enhancing mutually cooperative relationship with foreign institutions through student exchange activities. Within the context of internationalization in higher education, this research examines the policies and practices of international student education in Chinese higher education. The goal of this research is to identify the characteristics of international student education in China by the examining historical development and policy issues regarding international student education from economic, diplomatic and cultural perspectives. This empirical study analyzes both policy and literature as a major methodology and explains through these resources international student education vis-a-vis Chinese higher education. This research also includes a review of data of international education in Chinese higher education institutions; careful analysis of the "Study in China Project," launched in 2009, highlights China's aims to host a total of 500,000 international students by the year of 2020. The research concludes by exploring the possibilities and challenges Chinese higher education faces as it moves to enhance its international competitiveness in the near future. Through this research, a clearer view of how and why the Chinese government has strategically implemented policies to expand enrollment of international students in its higher education institutions. China has already become one of the largest host countries of international students and is expected to become even more prominent. Expanding quantity while increasing quality, and internationalizing its education system while maintaining its national character, remain key issues for the further development of international student education in China.


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