China to Offer More Work Opportunities for Foreign Students
China is being preferred over US, UK and European countries as a destination of foreign students because it offers a wide range of scholarships to foreign students. And now another opportunity, it’s going to offer part-time jobs and internships to foreign students at Chinese universities during their studies to make the country’s higher education system more attractive.
According to China Daily, Chinese Ministry of Education said that the government is changing the policies to allow international students in Beijing and Shanghai at this moment to take part-time jobs or internships off campus as long as they obtain approval from their academic institutions and the entry and exit administrative authorities.
Shanghai, one of the educational innovators, implemented a pilot policy that enables international students who have graduated from a Chinese university to accept internships or to start their own business in the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone for up to two years after graduation.
Shanghai further eased the restriction and started to allow international students to start a business at the zone during their studies.
the Ministry of Public Security implemented new policies to allow foreign students recommended by their host universities in Beijing to take part-time jobs with companies in the city’s Zhongguancun Science Park or become involved in entrepreneurship in the area, where they get an annotation of “entrepreneurship” added to their student visa.
Guangdong released new policies to attract foreign students, foreign students who are invited by the companies in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area for an internship, they can apply for the internship visa at ports.
Guangdong released new policies to grand fresh graduates “entrepreneurship” visa for those who have a business plan after graduation.
The central government introduced a program for international students with postgraduate degrees or who had attended “well-known” universities to obtain Chinese work permits after graduation. Previously, international students and those with degrees obtained overseas had to have a minimum of two years’ work experience outside China before they could apply for a work visa.
Chinese Ministry of Education said that the government is changing the policies to allow international students in Beijingand Shanghai at this moment to take part-time jobs
China sees the rise of the foreign students as part of its diplomatic push to increase its global influence. Students from 205 countries or regions are reported to study in China’s schools and other educational institutions in 2016, according to official figures.
About 35,000 Pakistani and Indian students, mostly medical students study in China. The medical courses in China are popular as they are cheaper compared to private medical colleges in Pakistan and India.
Wang Huiyao, director of Beijing-based think-tank Centre for China and Globalization, said that it makes sense for the country to more broadly expand such innovative policies since it serves the strategy of reinvigorating China’s workforce development.
Foreign employees can give domestic enterprises an advantage as they expand overseas, plus it’s only logical that these graduates want to put into practice what they have learned.