Staying in Australia or coming back to China? by Yucheng Wang

Posted: May 31, 2014 by ivoburum in Music

In recent years, more increasingly Chinese students choose to study in overseas universities. According to a report by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the admission number of the college exam (Gaokao) decreased from 10.5 million in 2008 to 9.15 million in 2012. Among those students who did not take the exam, was a group who studied overseas. There were 340,000 Chinese students at universities abroad in 2012. This number increased 20% compared with last year. More specifically, the Australian government reported in 2013, that China is the largest source country of international students for Australia. In 2011, there were almost 160,000 enrolments by Chinese students, which accounted for 30% of all international student enrolments in that year.

One important reason is Chinese students believe they can achieve better education in Australia than in China. The education industry is a pillar industry in Australia, which is constantly improving the educational system to attract students from all over the world. Australian universities are ranked amongst the top universities in the world; amongst these are University of Melbourne, Australian National University and University of Sydney.

Secondly, the economic situation of Chinese people has greatly improved. Many Chinese families have enough money to support their child to study overseas. Those Chinese parents hope their child can open the eyes and obtain abundant knowledge and experience through studying overseas.

Finally, it is a common view in China that overseas graduates can get high-income jobs. At present, in China, the average national graduate has a great deal of pressure to get a good job. As a result, many graduates are not employed or are not willing to look for a job. Therefore, studying overseas can help them to change this situation.

After graduation, some of Chinese students hope to immigrate to Australia. Australia also welcomes people from different areas. There are over 7 million immigrants in Australia. Why do they want to stay here? Maybe the most important thing is that Australia has a great living environment. For example, Melbourne achieved world’s most livable city status several times. Moreover, Chinese graduates can make much more money in Australia than in China. In addition, immigrates can enjoy many Australian public welfare.

On the other hand, the majority of Chinese graduates in Australia hope to come back to China. According to a report of Chinese education ministry, the number of Chinese students coming back to China after graduation grew 38% in 2011. One reason is the policy about immigration is stricter for international students. Many Chinese students choose to study accounting and finance in Australia. This is because they know it is good way to immigrate. However, after graduation, students who want to immigrate to Australia need to get a result of 7 score of IELTS. It is pretty difficult for most Chinese students of business faculty. Moreover, some of them maybe do not adapt to the life style in Australia. There is totally different culture between Australia and China. Furthermore, at present, the Chinese economy is quickly growing. There are many opportunities for overseas graduates. According to a survey of Australian Education International, 77% of employed Australian-educated graduates are satisfied with their job in China. Therefore, through studying in Australia, it is not a problem to get a good job for Chinese students when they come back to China.

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