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City eyes schools to lure foreigners

THE local government will support building more international schools and give subsidies for children's tuition to high-end foreign professionals in the next four years to boost the city's ability to attract overseas talent.

"Local authorities are now working on the development framework to facilitate children of foreign families working in Shanghai, as children's education is one of the major concerns for foreign professionals," said Mao Dali, deputy director with the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau. His statement came in a news release on the city's plans in the headhunter campaign to lure more overseas professionals.

The official said the new campuses would spring up in districts where they are most needed and that they would negotiate for lower tuition costs.

"We have heard some foreigners complain about the high tuition fees at local international schools," Mao told Shanghai Daily. "While the price is decided by the special market, offering special incentives could be a way to ease the pressure."

The bureau also said it would improve the system to make it more convenient for overseas professionals to register their children for entrance exams for admission to Chinese public middle schools and universities.

In another move, efforts will be made to improve overseas commercial medical insurance, officials said. Foreigners who have bought medical insurance from overseas insurers now can claim their medical expenses only at certain hospitals. The government plans to increase that number during the next four years. This would require the hospitals to be accredited by insurers, and related agreements.

"Local authorities are aiming to establish a settlement system for those buying foreign medical insurance to claim their local medical bills. The government will try opening channels between local hospitals and overseas insurers to set up cooperation in this regard," Mao said.

"Many foreign workers in Shanghai have purchased commercial insurance, and if their local medical expenses could be conveniently covered by the foreign insurers, that would be a major attraction," said Tang Yi, a lawyer specializing in foreign-related labor dispute lawsuits.

The city aims to attract 1,000 high-end foreign professionals.


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