As China Takes World Stage, Colleges and Universities Benefit from Improved Standards, Growing Foreign Enrollment

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Steady increases in demand for higher education and rising government funding levels will support the development of Colleges and Universities in China, says IBISWorld. In addition, as China becomes an increasingly important global player and as standards at domestic institutions improve, more foreign students will come to China to study, boosting industry revenue.

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Foreign students in China are expected to generate almost $1.0 billion for the industry in 2012.

Revenue for Colleges and Universities in China is estimated at $15.3 billion in 2012, reflecting annualized growth of 3.8% over the five years through 2012, according to IBISWorld. Domestic higher educational institutions like Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University dominate the industry as the Chinese government provides subsidies for approved services like education that are provided to domestic residents.

Exports within this industry are international students coming to study at Chinese universities. Imports refer to Chinese students at foreign higher education institutions. Both exports and imports have both been growing faster than total industry revenue over the past five years. The increase in foreign students in China over the past few years is the result of increasing economic development and a significant expansion and improvement in the quality of the country’s higher education institutions. In 2010, there were over 265,000 foreign students from 194 countries and regions studying in 620 higher education and scientific research institutes in China. In 2012, foreign students in China are expected to generate almost $1.0 billion for the industry. At the same time, students in China are increasingly prepared to travel overseas to obtain a quality education. Chinese students at foreign institutions are expected to generate more than three times as much revenue as foreign students in China.

Over the next five years, the main drivers of growth for Colleges and Universities in China will be steady increases in demand for higher education and rising government funding levels, says IBISWorld. What is more, the continued globalization of China's economy will facilitate frequent international exchanges and cooperation between institutions to raise the level of higher education in China and enhance the competitiveness of the industry. Although more foreign institutions are expected to enter the industry, IBISWorld anticipates that domestic institutions will continue to dominate in the near future.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Colleges and Universities in China industry report page.

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Colleges and universities in China offer academic courses and grant degrees at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The industry includes two segments: regular higher education and adult higher education. Enterprises in this industry include universities, colleges, military academies, correspondence schools, and TV and radio broadcasting universities.

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