SPECIAL NOTE: I had written a response to South China Morning Post (SCMP), a Hong Kong newspapers about what is truly happening with the students returning in droves back to mainland China. Decades ago, when China started a new life, a new chapter, and students were returning to schools and universities (after Chairman’s death) to resume their education (most institutions of learning were closed during Mao’s leadership in China…1949 to 1976 (Creation of communist China and death of Chairman Mao in 1976)…the students were given a chance in life to study in some of the top universities in USA (American government opened the door to help many students then)…those who went to USA had the brains and intelligence and they were eager to learn and to start a new life, in the west…those were the days! and now more recently, many students who study in USA are from the rich families and they are in USA to enjoy four years of extended vacation…most do not have the desire to study, they are here to play and enjoy life…and so they confine to themselves, they do not care to learn or improve their English…they know very very little about USA because they do not care about the American way of life…by the end of their 4 years, many still cannot speak fluent or decent English, and how do you expect them to find a job in USA or anywhere in the west??? Now you wonder why they are return in large numbers to China…their parents have everything for them, to support their wasteful lifestyles, their habits of spending and spending…now you understand what I am saying! Anyway, this article does not dwell on this aspect of the critical factor why many have to return to China because the parents are rich and they know they cannot survive in the west with their education and lack of the ability to communicate, socialise or intermingle with the Americans, etc etc etc. What a tragedy! Steve USA, August 26, 2018 WeChat 1962816801 Stephenehling@hotmail.com
Job prospects bring more students home
By ZOU SHUO | China Daily | Updated: 2018-08-20
The number of Chinese students returning from abroad has grown by leaps and bounds due to better job prospects at home and tightening work and migration policies overseas, according to a new report.
In 2017, 608,400 students from China went abroad while 480,900 returned, according to the Ministry of Education. Nearly 80 percent of students chose to return to China after completing overseas studies last year, up from 30 percent in 2007 and about 5 percent in 1987.
The Report on Employment and Entrepreneurship of Chinese Returnees, based on a survey of 2,190 overseas returnees in July, was jointly released on Sunday by the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing think tank, and recruitment website Zhaopin.
Forty percent of respondents chose to return because of more job opportunities in China, while 27 percent feared that employment and migration regulations abroad may hinder their career development, the report said.
Overseas-educated Chinese still prefer to work in China’s first-tier cities after returning home. About 20 percent of respondents returning from overseas chose to work in Beijing, followed by Guangdong province (including Guangzhou and Shenzhen) and Shanghai, at 14.6 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively.
Li Qing, a researcher for the think tank in charge of compiling the report, said favorable policies for overseas-educated students played a big part in the influx of foreign-educated graduates to first-tier cities.
Benefits include special project incubators, funds, tax cuts and easier access to permanent residence, Li said.
Although second-tier cities have rolled out a slate of favorable policies to attract talent, including housing subsidies, policies in these urban areas tend to favor domestic college graduates over overseas returnees.
Zhang Xiaobing, who earned an MBA from the University of Toronto in 2016, set up a human resources company in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park.
“I came back to start a business in Beijing because I love the atmosphere and I see the opportunities for doing business here,” Zhang said. “The government has offered me great help in starting my business, including free rent, tax breaks and funds.”
The report found that although 40 percent of foreign-educated students found their first job within one month and nearly 95 percent within half a year, 80 percent earned less than they expected.
Li Qiang, marketing director of Zhaopin, said the surprise many expressed over their comparatively low salaries highlights a large expectation gap among returning students, whom Li said were often overconfident and lacked knowledge about the best channels to find work, and what skills employers were looking for.
When they come back to start their job hunts, they find themselves competing with those who already have some work experience, Li said.
“You can’t weigh the pros and cons in direct financial terms because overseas graduates have other advantages such as enhanced personal development and a broader vision.”