More and more overseas Chinese students choose to stay abroad after graduation. The proportion of overseas Chinese graduates staying abroad is the largest to those of other countries in the world, indicating a serious brain drain for China, the Elite Reference reported.
Compared with foreign countries, competitions in China are fierce and on the other hand, most foreign countries where Chinese students study have a higher living standard and graduates also feel it easier to find a job there. Thus they would like to stay abroad, said Cui Dawei, head of the Center on China's Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
One of the reasons for them to make such a decision was that they felt it would be difficult for them to find a job in China. In future, if China can create more opportunities in education, teaching and research fields, these people will then feel that it is worth their while to come back, said Cui.
More and more Chinese students now go abroad to study and work. Since 2002, some 100,000 Chinese students have gone abroad to study every year and the total number of Chinese students studying abroad is nearly double that of previous years, according to a Chinese official media report.
Experts say that as Chinese economy integrates more with global economy, students who study abroad and later gain working experiences there can play a very important role in China with their knowledge and expertise when they come back.
(Chinanews.cn March 5, 2007)