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Bid to lure overseas vocational students

Shanghai lags behind other Chinese provinces and cities in attracting overseas students to study in local vocational colleges with government scholarships, according to a deputy to Shanghai People’s Congress.

The deputy, Ye Yinzhong, is president of Shanghai Urban Construction Vocational College, one of seven vocational colleges in the city qualified to accept overseas students.

Currently, overseas students attending those colleges can only receive scholarships from the schools, because they’re not entitled to the city government scholarships for overseas students, Ye said.

However, many provinces and cities, including Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, Guizhou, Henan and Fujian provinces and the cities of Chongqing, Tianjin, Jinhua and Kunming, offer government scholarships for international students.

The scholarships range from 6,000 yuan (US$925) to 30,000 yuan per year.

As a result, vocational colleges in those provinces and cities are more influential among international students than those in Shanghai, according to a national higher education quality report issued in 2019.


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