Improving social status is the number one motivator for Chinese students to study abroad, a survey by China Daily has found. The survey also revealed widespread concern about 'diploma mills' overseas and a desire for more government direction on which foreign institutions are not legitimate.
Reputation and consultant qualifications outstrip cost as the biggest deciding factors for Chinese students when selecting a study abroad agent, but most are sceptical of profit motivated advice a survey of 22,000 parents and students has shown.
Chinese agency association BOSSA has partnered with video interview service Vericant in a bid to become the leading provider of student verification services for Chinese students applying to study overseas.
Education partnering organisation INTO’s annual agent survey reveals agencies worldwide are optimistic about future outbound numbers. Responses also expose country-specific drivers for overseas study and a growing demand for high school qualifications.
The demand for Spanish language tuition in Chinas has “increased 30 fold" over the past 15 years but it is not being met with sufficient teachers and educational support according to Lu Jingsheng, the Chinese government’s national coordinator for Spanish.