A quiz question: Which is the most preferred country for education among English-speaking African students?
Most would guess the U.S.A. Some would go for the U.K. CNBC-Africa, in one of its recent reports, ranked China as leading destination for African students. Though Europe (2013) as a continent remains the top destination for Africans (49%), it is rapidly losing ground to China and intra-continental migration.
Here are some statistics to digest.
The approximate number of African students in various countries (per annum) are as follows:
- France: 95000
- China: 50000
- U.S.A and U.K: 40000
Africans have the highest student mobility in the world. One in ten international students in the world is Africans.
The key questions are:
- Why is France a preferred destination for Africans?
- What factors have led to the emergence of China as leading international education provider?
The Chinese Ministry of Education recently came out with statistics on international students from various continents:
Clearly, the percentage of African students has gradually increased since 2003. Not only is the Chinese education cheaper as compared to western countries, China also offers scholarships to African students. The Chinese government at China-Africa Cooperation Johannesburg Action Plan (2016-18) pledged about 30,000 scholarships to African students by 2018 along with 2000 degree education opportunities. The purpose behind such extensive cooperation is to bridge the human resource gap in African continent through vocational education.
China-African education cooperation goes deeper than merely offering African students educational opportunities in China. China is also building several vocational education institutions in various African countries to train 200,000 African and provide 40,000 training opportunities to such personnel in China.
Such measures go way beyond what other countries are offering.
I’ll soon come with an article on affordability of Chinese education. Stay tuned for more.
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