As we say adieu to the summer of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, some in China have been considering how Chinese students spend their summer. Recently, the Chinese Ministry of Education released a statement regarding Chinese applicants’ summer tours of US schools saying trips should have “a clear and rewarding educational goal.”

Some lucky Chinese students spent their entire summer in the U.S. and CCTV’s short video segment highlights a growing group of those students who prefer academically focused summer camps. They’re certainly a far cry from the 5-week sleepover camp I attended in North Carolina as a kid. My favorite activities were canoeing, fishing, and foosball.

In domestic news, recently released numbers show just how many “boomerang kids” return home after graduating from Chinese universities. A poll of 350,000 Peking University graduates found that more than one-third continue to live off their parents and 40% live paycheck to paycheck.

Maybe exposure to students from other East Asian universities would benefit future Peking University graduates? Top universities in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore are set to form “The Pine League” to strengthen partnerships and promote academics, arts and sports exchanges. Be sure to read the article to find out why they chose the Pine tree as their league symbol.

In August, The Toronto District School Board became another victim of the controversial Confucius Institutes. Most recently, the TDSB sought vendors interested in operating recruitment offices in China, but received no responses, likely due to the cancelled rollout of the Institute in Toronto.

Even though relations in Toronto are frosty, Chinese applicants still look to Canada for study abroad opportunities. Lower costs and (perceived) safety are likely the top two reasons for the growing numbers of applicants.

The Council of Graduate Schools made big waves in August reporting that U.S. graduate programs had not increased offers to Chinese students, the first time in eight years without any growth. Many have assumed this hints at diminished Chinese interest in American higher education. K-12 growth is through the roof, and I believe applicants are starting younger, with growing numbers carrying US passports by the time they reach grad school.

Here’s something fun to try at your institution: the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business,is providing Mandarin language training to faculty and staff so they can pronounce incoming Chinese students’ names. It reminds me of a famous Dale Carnegie quotation, “Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

That’s it for August!

Cheers,

Chris

(Links in order of appearance)

US Industries Eye Chinese Students Amid Regulations To Tighten Tours
Chinese Students Prefer Academic Summer Camps
Meet China’s Boomerang Kids: One-Third Of Graduates Still Rely On Parents, Survey Says
Top Universities In Chinese-Speaking World Set To Form Pine League
Toronto School Board’s Qualms Over Chinese Partnership Prompt Backlash
Canada, Eh? Chinese Students Flock To Canuck High Schools
After Years Of Going Up And Up, Graduate-School Offers To Chinese Students Flatten
Professors Get Schooled On Pronouncing Chinese Students’ Names

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