There has been a surge in the number of British students going to study in China over the past five years. The number of British students going to study in the country has increased from 3,174 to 4,250. The British Council has recently launched the ‘Generation UK’ campaign which aspires to send 15,000 British students to China by 2016, highlighting that even more young people should consider studying in China in an effort to boost their job chances.
Thousands More British Students to Study in China
Students will be given subsidised places at universities and internships with major Chinese companies in an attempt to give Britain more of a foothold in the world’s fastest-growing major economy. The campaign aims to find places for British students on a combination of one-year university scholarships or two-month internships with Chinese businesses.
The move results from the concern that Britain currently lags behind other nations in terms of the number of students seeking courses and work placements abroad – limiting the number of connections made with other countries.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is investing some £400,000 of taxpayers’ money in the programme over two years, while the British Council will contribute an additional £250,000. Businesses are also being asked to provide sponsorship to further boost the scholarship programme to enable more students to take part.
What Students Who Studied in China Testify
Business graduate Nick Pitt decided to study in China and get international experience in the Asian country when he couldn’t get a job at home.
The 25-year-old from Liverpool said:
"I applied for many graduate schemes and went through rigorous assessment days, only to be told my experience wasn’t good enough, so I decided to go abroad and get experience”.
Nick also acknowledged that "You read a lot about [China] in the news. It’s the fastest growing economy."
The British student loved the culture but admits there were some challenges.
"It is a bit overwhelming at first. Often a menu will just be in Chinese characters. When I first got there I picked anything and hoped for the best."
All in all, China provides excellent educational opportunities and favourable conditions to British students to boost their career hopes. Studying abroad at a non-Western environment can be a competitive advantage for British students. The whole experience in China will give them vital skills and know-how - that are unique to the pioneering local industry - which can increase their employment opportunities when they return back home.
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