London lures Chinese students

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Also on Sunday, Boris Johnson attended an event in Beijing's 798 art district showcasing London universities for Chinese students. He says the city has seen a surge in students from China in recent years. China has been expanding academic collaboration with London institutions, increasing knowledge in areas from paleontology to design.

London is going to new lengths to lure Chinese students... With everything from film and computer sciences, to design and fossils...

"The number of Chinese students in London has gone up 149 percent since I've been Major, with more Chinese students in London than anywhere else... Why are we so lucky to have so many Chinese students? Is it because of the weather? The French restaurants? the communist bicycles... Well I think it's because - and I have no shame in comparative advertising here - she said when you go to America, you meet Americans, when you go to London, you meet the world," Boris Johnson said.

The launch of aims to boost Chinese university students in London further.

One example of Britain's economic cooperation with China is seen by fossils displayed by the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. Working with Chinese anthropologists to bridge the transformation of dinosaurs into birds... Taking CT scans in London to bring them back to life...

Along with new joint paleontology discoveries, there's been growing cooperation to improve product designs in China.

This sculpture made by a Chinese art graduate of London's Goldsmith University, has created a fountain that tracks the sounds of London. She says she chose to study in London because the university was more willing to take creative risks.

Despite the positive academic collaboration between London and China, London's international tuition fees and living costs are still out of reach for many hopeful Chinese students. But as incomes here continue to rise, it's likely London will be an even bigger college destination for Chinese in the years to come.


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