China projected to become largest destination for overseas students by 2049

China is expected to become the world's largest destination for overseas students by 2049, as the country has invested 3 trillion yuan in education, said a Chinese minister on Sunday.

Chen Baosheng, minister of education, said that China will have a greater say in the international education field by 2049 when China will become the most popular destination for global students.

Chen made the remarks at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

China's investment in education currently accounts for 4 percent of the gross domestic product, with more than 90 percent of schools being connected with the Internet, said Chen.

The minister also revealed that more than 90 percent of the disabled children and 80 percent of children of migrant workers can receive education and take part in the college entrance exam in the places where their parents work.

In 2017, 150,000 migrant children took part in the college entrance exam in the cities where their parents work, according to statistics provided by Chen.

Chen also said that the gross university enrollment rate will increase to 50 percent by 2020.

Currently, more than 180 countries and regions have established educational cooperation partnerships with China, among which 47 countries and regions have signed agreements to mutually recognize diplomas.

In addition, China has set up more than 500 Confucius Institutes in more than 140 countries.
 


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