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University initiative aids expat students

FOREIGN students applying for bachelor degree studies under the national scholarship program will have to go through a year of preparatory education at one of six designated universities across the country.

One of these training centers was launched at Tongji University yesterday.

The Tongji pre-education center will offer expat students courses covering language training, Chinese culture, mathematics, physics, chemistry and social customs to help them get a better start in the country.

The first batch of 160 students is expected to begin study next month and the center aims to eventually increase the number to 1,000.

"The preparatory college education aims to improve the efficiency of the scholarship and the education quality of foreign students," said Sheng Jianxue, deputy general director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange under the Ministry of Education.

In the past, some foreign students under the scholarship program had dropped out as because of poor Chinese language skills they could not keep up with Chinese students in studies, officials said.

It was becoming a waste of the country's education resources, they said.

Tongji University is the only varsity in Shanghai offering the pre-education course.


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