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China represents tantalising opportunities for exporters in many fields. One point two billion people, spectacular economic growth and an ever-expanding engagement with the outside world - all these provide obvious attractions. The country is now drawing in US$100 million overseas investment every day.

For education and training exporters, the market has special attractions. China has a predominantly young population and a long tradition of venerating education. There is a hunger for personal development and overseas exposure is valued - illustrated by a recent survey of urban high school children which revealed that 87% of them would like to study abroad.

For many Chinese, education is a favoured investment choice. Increasing disposable incomes, assisted by one of the highest savings ratios in the world, means that considerable sums to buy quality education are available, especially in the larger cities. And after two decades of the One Child Family policy, young Chinese are benefiting from the pooled incomes of parents and grandparents.

In official circles, too, education and training are valued. The Chinese government has identified the upgrading of human resources as vital to continued economic success in the Twenty-First Century. Not all demand can be met internally and funds are available to buy in outside expertise and assistance.

While opportunities already exist, the coming decades promise more. There is likely to be a significant increase in the numbers of Chinese studying overseas and in the amount of foreign involvement in China's own education system

Scottish Education + Training Activity in China

To date Scottish Education + Training Activity in China:

  • Scottish Education + Training stand at Beijing and Hong Kong Education Fairs, January 1998.
  • Subsequent activity taken forward through the Scotland in China programme.
  • Scottish Education + Training support at Beijing and Shanghai Education Fairs, February 2000.
  • Production of a brochure in Mandarin explaining the Scottish education system and a video in English. To order copies of the video or brochures visit our Marketing Material. pages.
  • For further information about SE+T's work in China, to discuss opportunities for Scottish education providers in China or to order any of the reports / documents listed below please email val.farmer@scotent.co.uk

  • Report from Val Farmer's visit to China, February 2000.
  • Please note - reports will be distributed at the discretion of Scottish Education + Training.

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