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New rules hit 'fake' foreign students

STARTING next year, foreign students seeking admittance to local universities must possess a foreign passport or nationality for at least four years and live abroad for more than two of the last four years, the education authorities said yesterday.

The new policy, put forward by the Ministry of Education, is to crack down on "fake foreign students" - domestic students who emigrate abroad shortly before the college entrance exam and return as foreign students.

"The requirement was very low before," said Zhou Qinjian, an official in charge of international exchange at the Shanghai Education Commission.

"The education authorities are now tightening the control to eliminate people taking advantage of the loopholes," Zhou said.

Previously, foreign students with a high school diploma, Chinese language certificate and foreign passports were all eligible to apply for domestic schools.

With the loose regulation, fake foreign students were found in several leading schools, because the enrollment requirement for foreign students is much lower than that for domestic students.

The education authorities said more fake foreign applicants were being found in local universities, though they did not release figures.


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