Keeping in mind the personal growth of the students the China government has decided to allow foreign students at Chinese universities to opt for the part-time jobs during their course duration. This step will aim to make the country's higher education system more attractive. An official statement was published by the Chinese Ministry of Education which stated that the government has been introducing a number of exploratory changes allowing international students in Beijing and Shanghai 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.
It has been estimated that about 4.42 lakh foreign students from 205 countries or regions are studying in China's schools and other educational institutions in 2016, according to official figures. Out of this total number, 11.07 per cent received government scholarships.
As per the reports, about 15,000 Indian students, mostly medical students, are pursuing the desired medical course in China. The medical courses in China are popular as they are cheaper compared to private medical colleges in India.
China has observed that there is a rise in the foreign students as part of its diplomatic push to increase its global influence. 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.
The changes that are made in the visa policies might be small but they are specifically targeted and are positive signs that the government is considering opening up more opportunities for international students to undertake part-time work during their studies and have work opportunities upon graduation, he told state-run China Daily today.