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Your monthly intake of education news from all around China. 
September 2021

After the Dust Settles

Hi everyone,

The dust has settled a bit after the storms of new reform policies last month. As we analyze the effects of the policies more calmly now, we’ve found that things might...not be as bad as some articles make it seem.

Positive Changes

For example, earlier this month, news went around in foreign media that almost 300 Sino-foreign higher education programs have been “killed.” Local Chinese media also used this to warn parents and students to make safer decisions when choosing education. 

Later, it was found that this was actually an aggregate number of closures throughout multiple years and China’s Ministry of Education released a statement clarifying the hyperbolic headlines. Similarly, despite the generally negative media coverage about the crackdown on afterschool tutoring, some experts have found that this can have long-term benefits as the focus changes from profit to students.

The visa issue troubling prospective Chinese international students is also taking a turn for the better. In May and June, the number of American student visas granted mostly recovered to levels before the pandemic. Chinese international students still take up the majority, despite waning interest and a slight drop in numbers.

 

What This Means

While it’s good news that the Chinese-foreign educational relationship may not necessarily be in grave danger, it’s evident now how quickly misinformation and panic can spread among educators, agencies, and parents. In addition, difficulties with remote learning, rising tensions and concerns over pandemic safety measures still seem to discourage Chinese students from applying to schools abroad.

Higher-ed institutions may have to work harder to quell those concerns and promote an attractive and safe image. 

Our Top 4 Articles

Misleading headlines about China's education sector may be causing unnecessary panic.
A look into how China's tutoring bans may create positive long-term effects.
International students begin to return to the U.S. as the number of visa grants pick up.
Despite months of efforts, some of the same obstacles still stand before prospective Chinese international students.
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