New Chinese International Student Market
A short while ago I was in Seattle for my daughter’s wedding. Staying in our hotel was a family from China. They were in Washington state to enroll their 15 year- old son in a local high school. I spoke with the family about why they would choose to separate their son from the family at such an early age. The father assured me that they were one, on many Chinese families, who have decided to better prepare their children for college enrollment in the U.S. by sending them to the U.S. for one or two years of high school.
So I decided to do a little research on this trend.
In the past few years there has been a significant increase in the number of Chinese students enrolling in high schools either in the U.S. or Canada. According to an article by Mini Gu, Advanced Evaluation Specialist, there are more than one million millionaires in China and an estimated 83 percent plan to send their children abroad for high school.
According to a report published by IIE in 2013, there were nearly 25,000 Chinese students enrolled in U.S. secondary schools. Two years later, “The Wall Street Journal” reported that number was almost 35,000.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education reported more than 21,000 Chinese students enrolled in Canadian high schools.
What are some of the reasons for this early student migration?
For many Chinese parents graduating from a respectable American or Canadian university is better than graduating from a second or third tier Chinese university. A recent Chinese government crackdown on teaching western ideas in university classrooms is another reason. Finally, many families have come to understand and appreciate the value of a liberal arts education as opposed to the rigid teaching methods, a hallmark of Chinese university lectures, based on strict memorization.
College and university international deans and recruiters should partner with local high schools to create a pathway program from high school to university admission.
International recruiters and agents should market a combined high school and university placement.
College and university deans should begin to “re-recruit” the Chinese high school students in the partnership program by including the students in school events and through a focused student services outreach program.
Outreach to Chinese parents should begin while the Chinese students are in high school and should continue throughout college enrollment and graduation.
Please note: This will be my last blog posting until September, 2017. I need a break from writing. And you need a break from reading. Happy summer.