In a decade, demand for learning Mandarin has expanded significantly, with a wide range of providers catering for leisure, business or academic students in the country. Not only are there many choices in China, but neighbouring Taiwan and Hong Kong are also becoming emerging destinations for Sinophiles.
In his first ever visit to China, Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull courted Chinese tourists and students by introducing simplified student visa categories and piloting a 10-year visitor visa. The prime minister also declared 2017 will be the Australia-China year of tourism.
More than half a million Chinese students studied abroad in 2015, but growth in outbound student numbers is slowing, the latest MoE statistics show. The report also revealed that the number of students returning to China after studying abroad is on the rise.
Leading international education organisations in the UK and China have developed a statement of principles with the aim of shaping collaboration and quality assurance in transnational education between the two countries.
A new Generation UK: China Network was formally launched last week to help build a digital community of China-experienced Brits, to support a programme which has an 80,000 outbound student target. China also pledged to offer new scholarships.