Figures released by the Chinese government departments have shown China is
becoming one of the world's most popular education and employment destinations.
Statistics released by the Ministry of Education showed that in 2005, 141,000
overseas students came to China to study, up 27.28 percent from the previous
year, with 86,679 studying Mandarin (Putonghua).
"The year 2005 saw China attracting the largest number of overseas students
since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, thanks to the
country's stable political environment, rapid economic growth and growing
international influence," said Zhang Xiuqin, secretary-general of the China
Hong Changwoo, a student of Beijing Language and Culture University from the
Republic of Korea (ROK), told Xinhua that a large number of young people in the
ROK are keen on studying Mandarin, as more and more companies in the ROK require
their employees to speak Chinese.
Zhang said the residential environment, education quality and medical and
social insurance provided by Chinese higher learning institutes for overseas
students all reached international standards. Meanwhile, China's tuition fees
for overseas students are much lower than those in most other countries.
Statistics from the Ministry of Education showed that from 1950 to 2005,
China received a total of 884,315 overseas students.
But Zhang acknowledged that problems still exist. The Chinese government has
approved in principle overseas students applying for part-time jobs in China but
there are no regulations on how many hours an overseas student can work a day
and what kinds of vocations or industries are open for overseas students to work
Meanwhile, statistics from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security showed
that by the end of 2005, more than 150,000 overseas employees had registered to
work in China. 70 percent of them worked in foreign-invested companies and they
are mostly from Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, the United States and
"The Chinese government encourages foreigners with special technological,
managerial skills that China is currently short of to work in China," said Wang
Yadong, deputy director of the Employment Training Department of the Ministry of
Labor and Social Security.
According to the ministry, a majority of the foreigners work in hi-tech,
communication, and financing industries. There are more than 500 multinational
companies in Shanghai, with more than 40,000 foreign talents.
Kritian Kender, a business partner of a media research company in China who
has been working here for more than ten years said there were no interesting
jobs back in the United States when he graduated.
"It's not very difficult for foreigners to find jobs in China," he said,
noting that to have an interesting job is more difficult and even more difficult
to start business because the procedure is quite time consuming and complicated.
China issued a "green card" policy in 2004 for foreigner to have long-term
residence and work. By the end of September last year, 649 foreigners from 33
countries including the United States, Canada, Singapore, Japan and Australia
had been granted permanent residence in China.