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China Luring Young International IT Talent Away From Silicon Valley


American Benjamin Pennant came to China to study advanced computing at Tsinghua University.

A growing number of international students are being drawn to the Chinese technology field because of its many opportunities to gain experience in advanced disciplines, while costing much less than Western institutions.

Credit: Katrin Buchenbacher/Global Times

A growing number of international students are being drawn to the Chinese technology field because of its many opportunities to gain experience in advanced disciplines, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, while costing much less than Western institutions.

"American universities are expensive compared to Chinese universities, while the teaching level does not differ substantially," notes French student Clement Jean, who studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

International students in China can apply for the Chinese government scholarship for master's students, which provides full coverage of tuition fees and living costs, as well as local government scholarships, and scholarships from universities and departments.

In addition, more international students who graduate from Chinese universities are electing to remain in China.

"China is at a good stage for [information technology]," says Tsinghua's Ma Yuchun. "The students feel that they can have an impact here, not just earn a good salary."

From Global Times (China)
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