Beijing, Sept 28 (ANI): In an attempt to encourage foreign students, China would reportedly unveil a comprehensive document on Tuesday to encourage more overseas students to study in that country.
"It is an attempt to implement China's 10-year national education outline and an important part of the county's diplomatic work to show Chinese culture to the global community," China Daily quoted Zhang Xiuqin, director-general of the ministry's department of international cooperation and exchange, as saying.The Chinese government published the National Outline for Medium and Long-Term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020) on July 29, which included expanding international cooperation and exchanges in higher education.
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Education, the number of international students in China has risen dramatically, with almost 240,000 registered last year.
"The country's booming economic development, stable social environment and cultural charm have contributed to the increasing number of international students, of which 93 percent are self-funding this year," Zhang added.
The Chinese central government has provided 800 million Yuan (117 million dollars) and the provincial governments offered about 110 million Yuan scholarships to international students this year, the paper reports.
The education ministry also said South Korea, the United States and Japan are the top three countries who sent a number of students this year to the country. (ANI)