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Foreign colleges vie for Chinese students in road show

THE 17th China International Education Exhibition Tour will be held in the Shanghai East Asia Exhibition Hall over the weekend.

More than 200 universities and schools from 25 countries and regions, including the United States, Britain, Australia and France, will participate in the road show to woo Shanghai students and their parents.

School representatives will hold face-to-face interviews with potential students.

"Many countries are relaxing visa control for Chinese students," said Xiong Bingqi, deputy director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute.

The French Consulate General in Shanghai issued 2,600 student visas last year, a 26 percent increase from 2010. The percentage of Chinese students winning a British visa rose from 74 percent in 2009 to 96 percent last year.

The University of Sydney will accept Chinese students based on their scores in the National College Entrance Examination this year.

Faced with a shrinking number of applicants at home, many foreign universities have turned to China for new students who are diligent and well trained, Xiong said.


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