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Your monthly intake of education news from all around China. 
December 2020

Hope on the Horizon

Hi everyone,
This has certainly been a difficult year for everyone, with plenty of pitfalls and hardships thanks to COVID. However, the amount of adaptability and support we’ve seen both within education and within our communities has been truly inspiring. And with 2021 quickly approaching, there is still plenty to hope for in the upcoming new year.

 

Chinese Enrollment in the US

Considering everything that’s happened in 2020, it’s no great surprise that international enrollments have suffered. A recent survey of international enrollments in the US during COVID has documented a drop as high as 43% in the enrollment of new international students, the sharpest decline ever recorded. As disheartening as this news is, there’s also quite a bit of hope that Biden’s election will help stabilize this drop and even encourage enrollment post-COVID. While some Chinese students have sought domestic alternatives to study abroad, many who currently have plans to study abroad still hope to do so. It’s likely that Chinese enrollment numbers will be affected by COVID for at least the next few years, but it’s also likely that enrollment numbers will ultimately rebound.

 

Looking Ahead

Despite the current drop in numbers, there is plenty of hope on the horizon for the future of international education. With widely-available COVID vaccines on the horizon, there is also hope that access to vaccines will help usher in international students’ plans to study abroad. The sense of security provided by a viable vaccine combined with better travel opportunities and (hopefully) more permeable borders will likely stimulate international enrollment numbers. The Integrate to Innovate International Education Forum was also hosted in Beijing this month to help face many of the problems COVID has brought up for Chinese international students.

Our Top 5 Articles

This survey provides a comprehensive breakdown of international enrollment in the US for the 2019-2020 season and contextualizes it within the last 5 years.

Many Chinese students hoping to study abroad have had to seek domestic alternatives for this academic year, but the choices students will make over the next few years will impact international enrollment for years to come.
Biden’s election brings hope that Chinese enrollment will stabilize and ultimately improve over the coming years.
The Integrate to Innovate International Education Forum met in Beijing last month to discuss some of the challenges created by COVID for Chinese students planning to study abroad.
The predicted release of a COVID vaccine is likely to boost international student numbers.
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