International students eye China future

Added On April 29, 2018

Each year, thousands of young people arrive to China for their studies.
Not all of them return home though.
With more and more each year choosing to stay and make their life in China. 
Lifestyles went to a careers fair in Beijing to find out why.
With Spring turning into Summer, and final exams just days weeks
away, many students are now thinking about life after uni.
At this event, at Beijing’s International Studies University, that
transition is being eased. 
Organized by the Zhongguancun Belt and Road Industrial Promotion
Association, the jobs fair gives students the chance to meet more than 70
companies – and potentially sign up to an internship or job. 
It’s a route lots more are choosing to take each year. 
Many say they come to China, enticed by its exciting culture - but stay when they realize the career opportunities that China offers.
“It’s way easier than in Europe for instance, and the wage is
pretty good. So if anyone is interested in teaching English – just come to
China, and you will just find it I think. It’s good, it’s good.”
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) 03:22 -3:51, Dr Shaymaa Emara, Egypt
“They have a very excellent improvement in the medical field and
medical technology – so I’m here for that. Also I’m working on laser
engineering to be applied in the medical field. And this is like a new branch. It’s not very common around the world. So when I found this branch existed in China – so I felt ‘OK, that’s a sign I have to be there’.”
Around a million foreigners live in China today – just a tiny fraction
of its vast 1.4 billion population. 
As part of opening up, the Government has been making efforts to bolster its fast-developing industries with fresh talent from overseas -attracting bright young professionals with scholarships, visa reform, and less regulation for 
start-ups or entrepreneurs. 
No place is this more true than Hainan Island - announced in April
as China newest and largest free trade zone. 
The potential of a career on China’s tropical retreat has gotten
young people excited.
“So I think it’s going to be a good, good opportunity. I heard
it’s like a new Hong Kong from China. But we have to see how it develops. I
think it’s going to be a great idea.”
Of course, not all students will stay. 
Even if the students don’t sign-up with a firm today – many say
they will be returning home with skills good for everyone.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) 01:21 -2:41, SABA HAIDER, Pakistan
“So I can also return as a translator for Pakistani students if I come back from China to Pakistan, then I can be a Chinese teacher for them. So that’s why I have different aims. ”
“Nepal and China are neighbouring countries. And most of the people go to Nepal to visit. But a lack of the language problem.  These people, they cannot explain about the places. So at first I realize that language is most important. To 
invite Chinese tourist to Nepal. So I want to come to China. I want to learn Chinese language. After that: Chinese culture. What’s our contribution? What should we do to invite Chinese tourist in our country. That is the main purpose 
for my study in China.”
China is currently the world’s third most popular destination for
students - and numbers are growing fast. 
In 2016, more than 440,000 international students flocked to China,
up 35 percent in just 4 years.