American universities not only option for Chinese talent

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/5/14 20:53:40

The 707 freshmen enrolled in this year's early action (EA) round of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have once again caught the attention of some  domestic Chinese media. 

Among the students, none of them are from high schools in the Chinese mainland. In addition, the interview plan released by Stanford University at the end of last year targeted more than 50 countries and regions, but excluded the Chinese mainland. While both admissions and interviews involve only some of the channels through which the two universities recruit new students, the notion of "zero admissions" for students from the Chinese mainland has spread across the internet. 

How much of this is affected by the US policy of restricting Chinese students to the US is hard to say, but the link clearly exists. There is no doubt that the reduction in admitting Chinese mainland students by prestigious American universities is influenced by the national policy orientation of the US.

This is no small personal regret for Chinese students who want to study at American universities. We believe that no Chinese department or group is willing to see such a situation.

We need to calmly face the impact of the changes in Sino-US relations on studying in the US. This is a "strategic adjustment" taken by the US out of its misunderstanding of China. 

It is normal that many young Chinese students choose to study in the US. Studying abroad has its own advantages and opportunities. But life is not only about going to study at a famous American university. Excellent mainland students should let go of their troubles in getting into prestigious universities in the US and make a new study plan in a timely manner. 

In recent years, a large number of Chinese students have gone to the US to study. For example, a large number of top science and engineering students from prestigious universities in China are recruited by these American universities, and the proportion of them returning to work in China after graduating in the US is not high. This has caused the loss of Chinese talent and partial losses in educational investment. Changes in the US attitude towards Chinese students increase the risk of successfully completing their studies in the US. In the long run, this is an adjustment in the distribution of education funds between Chinese and American universities, which benefits Chinese universities but not American universities.

The blocking of Chinese students in the US will definitely have a negative impact on the development of higher education in the US. And it is hard to say whether the overall impact on China or the US will be negative. We believe that there is absolutely no need for Chinese society to worry too much about this.

As long as the quality of Chinese students is good and their families have enough money to fund their further education, these students will have no trouble finding places to study and they will also be a "buyer's market" rather than a "seller's market" for universities in general.

American universities shouldn't be so arrogant. By leaving China's booming market and leaving Chinese students, those universities would feel regrettable.

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