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Parents want kids to study overseas

MORE than 75 percent of parents said they plan to send their children to study overseas as they think it leads to a better education and better employment prospects, according to a survey released yesterday.

A total of 607 parents in Shanghai answered the online survey by, an online job hunting firm.

"Many parents still believe overseas education can help their children get a better job after they return to China, though overseas returnees are not as popular as before in the domestic job market," said Angel Chen, a PR specialist with

The survey found 76.8 percent of the parents plan to send their children to study abroad even if tuition and living expenses may cost around 1 million yuan (US$163,100), about the price of a 60-square-meter apartment in Shanghai's suburbs.

Chen said some working class families even sell their properties to give their only child a chance to study overseas and a chance for a better life.

Xu Ping, whose 18-year-old daughter is in her first year at City University of Hong Kong, told Shanghai Daily she chose the school because it has a multi-cultural environment with students from all over the world.

"I believe if the child stands at a higher position, she will have a broader vision," Xu said. "I would like to provide this platform for my child."


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