On December 21st, foreign students from Jiangsu University of Science and Technology made dumplings with residents in Runzhoushan Road Community, Zhenjiang City, celebrating the winter solstice.
For Nigerian boy Han Maoyu, 2017 is a year when his dreams come true-he graduated from Namdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria with a bachelor's degree in Religion and Anthropology, entered the gate of Nankai University and became the Chinese language of the school. A graduate student majoring in international education.
The idea of studying in China emerged at the end of Han Maoyu's sophomore year. At that time, he wanted to learn one more skill and studied Chinese at the Confucius Institute at Namdi Azikiwe University. After opening the door to Chinese, Han Maoyu became more and more interested in Chinese and Chinese culture, and his desire to understand China became stronger.
After unremitting efforts, Han Maoyu applied for a Confucius Institute scholarship and realized his wish to study in China. In the past three years, he "dare not stop working hard" because "the students around him are excellent." Because of his outstanding performance, Han Maoyu was elected as the "2018 Nankai University Student Person of the Year" and was the only foreign student among the 10 award-winning students that year; he won the second national championship of the "Han-Teaching Heroes Association"...
Today, Han Maoyu is a doctoral student majoring in international relations at Nankai University. "I hope to contribute to the exchange, development, friendship and cooperation between China and Nepal." This is the direction he has been working hard since he decided to study in China.
During the "13th Five-Year Plan" period, China's educational exchanges and cooperation with other countries in the world have become increasingly close. Like Han Maoyu, more and more foreign students are setting their sights on China, and choosing to study in China is becoming a trend. Relevant statistics show that the number of international students who came to China in 2016 exceeded 440,000; in 2018, a total of 492,200 international students came to China to study. The growth of data is a direct reflection of China's becoming the largest destination country for studying abroad in Asia, and it is also the best interpretation of the gradual improvement in the attractiveness of studying in China with the country's comprehensive strength.
Coluhan from the United States studied at the University of South Florida before going to China to study. "Although I majored in finance when I enrolled, I enrolled in Chinese classes out of curiosity. I didn't expect that after two semesters of classes, the distinctive Chinese writing system, China's long history and splendid culture all made me wonder As I continued to study, I declared Chinese as my second major in my undergraduate program, and decided to study in China after graduation.” Recalling his journey of studying in China, Ke Luhan felt that “incidental is also inevitable”.
In 2018, on the stage of the 17th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, Ke Luhan showed his love for Chinese, his understanding of Chinese culture, and his knowledge of China's development, and he finally won the championship of the Americas category. In September of the same year, he came to Beijing to study for a master's degree at the University of International Business and Economics. "I still remember the first day when I arrived at school, I met a friend from Mexico, and we were'struck string' together in the evening." Ke Luhan felt that he was close to Beijing in an instant, and he began his study abroad life and exploration of China. trip.
During his study abroad, as a witness of China's development, Ke Luhan had the idea of staying in China to work. In the last month of 2020, he had a pleasant surprise and found a job in video planning. "The purpose of the show is to introduce China to foreign friends. Although it has little to do with the financial profession I am studying, I really like this job." Ke Luhan said.
During the "13th Five-Year Plan" period, in addition to choosing to study in China because they like Chinese culture and want to know China, more and more foreign students are attracted by China's economic development and advanced technology. Relevant data shows that the professional structure of international students in China has been continuously optimized, the number of students studying engineering, management, and science has increased significantly, and the "study in China" brand has been gradually established.
Uzbekistan student Wudi had three countries to choose when studying abroad. He finally chose to study mechanical engineering at Beijing Jiaotong University. "Because I have seen China's rapid development, technological progress, and a peaceful and secure environment." Emperor Wu said.
The gains during his study abroad made him more convinced that his choice was right. "These gains come not only from my studies, but also from the expansion of my life. I have participated in many exchange activities for Chinese and foreign students, and I have met a lot of Chinese and foreign friends." Wudi said, "More importantly, after coming to China, many of my dreams were I have realized it, and I want to tell other international students to study in China, as long as they work hard, they will definitely gain."
What makes Emperor Wu feel even more fortunate is that he can continue to study in China. Today, he is a master's degree in engineering and project management at the Central University of Finance and Economics, and plans to pursue a PhD in economics in the next step. "The road ahead is long. I hope to develop my own business in China and make my own contribution to strengthening the exchanges between China and Uzbekistan," said Emperor Wu.
"Study in China is a worthwhile choice!"-This is not only the feelings of Emperor Wu, but also the common aspirations of international students in China.