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300 per cent growth in student enrolment since 2005

There has been no perceptible drop in interest from Chinese students in British education, despite reports that the Asian superpower’s economy is suffering, according to leading international education provider Study Group.

Exhibiting at the China International Education Exhibition Tour (CIEET) in Shanghai and Beijing, Study Group met thousands of school leavers seeking information on study programmes abroad, and Britain remains as popular as ever.

It was reported last week that Chinese exports have dropped by 25% as a result of the recession, but the attraction of Britain as an education destination can be partly attributed to the rise in the value of the Chinese Yuan against the Pound.

James Pitman, Managing Director of Study Group, comments: “Chinese students choose Britain for a number of reasons. They want to learn British English, enjoy access to Europe, and take advantage of potential international employment opportunities.”

Study Group has seen the number of Chinese students enrolling in A-levels, language and foundation courses in Britain grow by almost 300 per cent in the past four years.

Kong Linlin, a student attending the exhibition in Shanghai commented: “In the UK I can go through A-levels and then have a good chance to get into a high ranking university if I study hard. In China people look at the reputation of institutions so I think it is important to get into a famous university.”

Another student Wang Fu, from Shanghai stated: “The UK is a traditional country with a long history, famous universities and high quality education. England is the birthplace of the English language and I really want to learn British English. I do not think the US is a safe place to study, and Australia is a new country and does not have a long history like England.”

James Pitman continued: “The British education system is globally renowned for its quality, and students from China in particular come here to benefit from our discursive and globally-influenced style of learning. The Chinese remain the largest single group among overseas students in the UK, and many Chinese students choose to complete their A-levels because this is widely acknowledged as the best route into a top degree course, and provides excellent academic, cultural and social preparation for university.”

About Study Group:

Spanning five continents, Study Group is a global leader in international education, providing the highest quality educational opportunities for students from over 120 countries. Beginning in 1994 with 7000 students per year, Study Group now has an enrolment base of 50,000 around the world.

Through Study Group’s leading set of partnerships with top universities, it is able to provide on and off-campus preparation courses for international students that ensure academic success and entry into some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. The quality of its teaching is confirmed by independent accreditation bodies worldwide including: English UK, Ofsted, British Council, NEAS, Accet, English Australia and New Zealand Qualification Authority.

Through the Bellerbys brand in the UK, Study Group provides academic preparation for international students wanting to study at English-speaking universities.

Study Group offers English language courses for international students in 18 locations in all of the main Anglophone destinations through its EmbassyCES brand. Courses include short-term general English, one-year academic programmes and specialist English preparation for public English language qualifications, or for degree programmes at English-speaking universities. Study Group also runs youth summer vacation courses in the UK, Ireland and the USA, combining English language training with both academic and extra-curricular activities.

The biggest intake of international students into Study Group’s UK programmes is from countries with emerging economies such as China, and South East Asian economies, and in particular from oil rich nations like Russia and the Middle East.

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