BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Beijing currently hosts
more than 55,000 overseas students, according to an educational official of the
The students are studying in 75 universities and 85
middle or primary schools in the Chinese capital, said Xian Lianping, spokesman
with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, on Saturday.
The official attributed the success of Beijing's role
as a popular destination for study to its promotion of education resources
during its annual education expo and its enhanced communication with
Beijing' universities, middle or primary schools have
up to date launched 161 exchange programs with their counterparts in foreign
countries, and these played a significant role to enhance mutual educational
exchange, he said.
The municipal government has also funded scholarships
for overseas students, which is another attraction for them to stay in the city
to pursue study, he added.
The establishment of 54 Confucius institutes or
classrooms by the city's 13 universities and four middle schools, which aimed at
promoting Chinese value and culture overseas, is also conducive to the promotion
of Beijing's education resources, he said.