China working to meet its half-million international student target

August 14, 2012

Renmin University of China's International Summer School, which mixes domestic and international students and faculty members and whose classes are taught in English, is one of the most ambitious efforts so far to reach China's goal of attracting half a million international students by 2020. To reach the bold target, the education ministry is pouring funding into PSE institutions to establish programs friendly to international students. The stakes are high for China, where educational planners view better English-taught courses for international students as a lever to internationalize university campuses. The 500,000-student target is part of a package of PSE reforms that includes inviting overseas universities to open campuses in China, attracting foreign academics as visiting scholars, and coordinating more research with top-ranked universities overseas. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)