International students pursuing higher education in China are now questioning their situation, as many feel down that the country refused to make strategic compromises in the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.
While most countries have made strategic concessions in the limits imposed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, China has refused to do so.
- International students in China are dissatisfied with the country’s refusal to make strategic compromises on pandemic-related limitations.
- International students’ attitudes toward China have steadily become anti-China in the previous year and a half, as they believe the country has disregarded their difficulties.
- In order to enhance its global impact, China has made a concentrated effort to attract overseas students.
According to Just Earth News, as the world grapples with the possibility of yet another COVID-19 variant, the future of international students studying in China remains unknown, with no clear answer in sight.
Since March 2020, when a viral outbreak interrupted international travel, leaving more than half a million students stuck abroad, China has imposed a travel restriction on outsiders.
Many students used hashtags like #TakeStudentsBackToChina and #TakeUsBackToChina to join the international uproar against the China travel ban on Twitter.
By 2018, China had 492,185 international students studying in the country, hailing from over 196 nations, and was rated third in the world for having the biggest number of international students.
China has also attempted to secure international students in order to increase its global influence.
Meanwhile, the country has pursued bilateral agreements, including student exchange programs, which serve as a key tool for improving China’s global image and inspiring international cooperation.
International students’ attitudes toward China have steadily shifted anti-China in the previous year and a half since they believe the country has ignored their difficulties.
Even though Chinese institutions have moved to online learning, the lack of face-to-face instruction is insufficient for STEM students who need practicum and lab work to complete their programs.
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