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January 2021

Barriers to Overcome in 2021

Hi everyone,
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone here at Vericant! 2020 has been challenging across the board. However, with vaccines finally being distributed and the lessons we’ve taken away from 2020, 2021 ought to be a better, more fulfilling year.

 

Current Frustrations

2020 has brought unprecedented changes across the globe and higher education has been no exception. International students especially have had to adjust to changing visa requirements, online learning, and risk management just to name a few. While the majority of Chinese students who planned to study abroad pre-COVID have not changed their minds, current students at foreign universities find themselves chafing at the restrictions associated with online learning. There are many things that universities can do going forward to make 2021 both more accessible and more desirable for Chinese students, particularly making courses and professors more digitally accessible and responding more quickly and effectively to students’ needs.

 

Barriers in the US

The last year has been especially hectic for Chinese students aiming to study in the US. Chinese students feel like they’re caught in the middle of the political standoff between Washington and Beijing, and other countries like the UK have managed to attract more Chinese students than ever before. If the US does not make swift changes, US institutions stand to lose their appeal to Chinese students. Despite all of this, Chinese students still bring plenty of benefits to the institutions they attend and find value in a US education, and hopefully predictions that Biden will help create a better environment for international students will ring true.

Our Top 5 Articles

As Chinese students look at more options outside of the US for study abroad, what can countries like the UK do to attract more students? While this article is focused on the UK, a lot of the advice could apply to institutions anywhere.

Chinese educational exchange has faced special difficulties in the US over the last 4 years. The new administration now needs to recognize the important role Chinese students play in US-Sino relations.
Chinese students adjust to online learning and the associated restrictions, but look forward to the return of face-to-face learning.
If the US does not enact change in how international students are treated and create a more welcoming environment for Chinese students, US institutions risk losing the appeal that has made the US a top destination for years.
Chinese students still have a lot to gain from studying abroad and a lot to offer foreign institutions.
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