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More Chinese students chooose to return home after overseas study

Updated: 2014-10-07
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Chinese students are increasingly choosing to return home after studying overseas.
   
Chinese students are increasingly choosing to return home after studying overseas, with some graduates saying better job prospects are driving their decision.
  
Figures from the Ministry of Education showed 353,500 people who went overseas to study came back to China last year, nearly 30 times the number of returnees seen at the beginning of the century.

A survey by the ministry found that more than 60 per cent held master's degrees, while 30 per cent had only a bachelor's degree. Six per cent had obtained a doctorate.

Countries they were leaving included the United States, Australia, Britain, Japan, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.

Dr Henry Wang, president of the Centre for China and Globalisation, a Beijing-based think tank, said the overall environment in China had improved and the economy held brighter prospects. "It's easier to get employed in China than elsewhere," Wang said.

Six years ago 180,000 people went abroad to study and 70,000 returned. In 2012 the figure was 400,000, with returnees increasing more than three-fold.

The centre issued a report on China returnees last year and it showed 70 per cent of Chinese studying overseas planned to come back, most of them born in the 1980s, into single-child families and wanting to be near their parents.

Both the central government and grass-roots authorities have launched schemes to lure students back.

Jason Liang is among the recent returnees. Liang graduated with a major in communications from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, last autumn, but returned to Beijing in search of job prospects. He is doing an internship at a business magazine.

"My family is in Beijing and I have connections … here. It means I have better opportunities for work," Liang said.

Culturally, it was also an easier fit back at home, he said.

Liang had tried internships but felt it was difficult to find work, especially with a non-science degree.

A total of 3.05 million people have gone abroad for study since 1978, when China first allowed the arrangement. More than 1.44 million have returned, according to the ministry.
  
SOURCE: scmp.com
   
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LittleBang commented on 07 Oct 2014
Is it just me, or do the numbers sound like they are taken out of context...?? Six years ago 180,000 people went abroad, with 70,000 returning. In 2012, that 400,000 number... is that the total number of people who went abroad? Or the total number coming back. Either way, sure the number of people who came back grew, but it appears the number of people going overseas in general grew. So 70,000 six years ago is like a little less than half of 180,000 people in total. If the number of returnees incresed 3-fold in 2012, then that would be 210,00, which would be slightly more than half. Yes its a 70% increase becuase the total number of students rose, but it doesn't seem that high of an increase when you adjust for that fact. I'm not going to do the math to actually get the real nubmers here but i think people understand my jist.
  

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