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Four interesting facts about higher education in China!

Higher education in China is one of the best in the world. The Chinese education system has simultaneously undergone unprecedented expansion and modernization. Chinese higher education institutions currently count more than 8 million graduates annually.

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If you’re interested in starting your journey into a Chinese university, here we have some fun facts about Chinese higher education you should know.

1. World’s largest education system

Not only a one of the biggest economies in the world, but also in education field China doesn’t joke: China has 2,529 regular higher education institutions and 1,327 colleges. The current total amount of students is more than 37 million. In addition, there are around 1,187 short-term vocational schools.

2. A popular destination for international students

The prestige of Chinese higher education is internationally recognized. In Asia, China is the number one study destination for international students. With more than 500,000 international students enrolled in Chinese universities, the country is ranked third globally after U.S. and U.K.

China is also one of the biggest students sender in the world: there are more than 700,000 Chinese students studying abroad.

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3. Chinese Ivy League: the C9 League.

Every year, many are the Chinese universities who ranked among the best 100 in the world: thanks to its economic power, China is home of the best business school in the world such as CEIBS. The prestige of Chinese higher education is well-known globally and it have its own Ivy League which is called C9 League: an alliance of the best and most prestigious universities in China. These universities also receive huge funding, are centers of research and development, and are visited by world-renowned scholars. To the C9 League belong the following universities: Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Science and Technology of China, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Harbin Institute of Technology.

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4. Gaokao

China conducts an university entrance examination called the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) or the Gaokao. The scores in this exam determine which university you get. Every university has a minimum score criterion which varies from one to another. The exam is incredibly challenging. It lasts nine hours, spread over a two-day period, and involves all subjects: standard Chinese, mathematics, English, history and geography, physics and chemistry, biology. The number of students is incredible, and every year it grows more and more: over 9 million Chinese support the Gaokao, in an atmosphere of enormous psychological pressure and also of hope for the future.

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