Staying or Going?
To go or not to go, that is the question. On one end, there is such an urgency to leave that “Runology” has become a trending term in the Chinese Internet world. Spurred by COVID lockdown policies, leaving the country to study or emigrate has become more attractive for young Chinese, though whether they act upon it is still up in the air.
On the other end, new analyses show that demand drivers for outbound Chinese students are weakening. Growth has been slowing in recent years and may soon peak. Other factors play into this downward trend, such as difficulty obtaining visas, perception of degree inflation, and more.