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Developing education opportunities in China

WESTERN Australian education providers are being urged to take advantage of the expanding Chinese education market.

Both the Western Australian and Chinese governments have recently been encouraging this State’s education institutions into the Chinese education market.

The Chinese ambassador to Australia, Fu Ying, who visited WA two weeks ago, said Australia was now a very popular destination for Chinese students.

Ms Ying said a ‘one-chance’ Chinese education policy meant that Chinese education was very competitive.

“In China the good schools take one out of 100,” Ms Ying said at a WA Business News Meet the Ambassadors breakfast recently.

The Government’s one-child policy meant Chinese parents were prepared to pay top dollar for their child’s education, she said

WA Development Minister Clive Brown has recently been in China to develop the trading relationship.

Mr Brown said there were both offshore as well as onshore opportunities for WA institutions.

WA’s Kingston International College recently struck a multi-million dollar deal with the Jing Ying College in China to deliver English language training.

Under the deal, Kingston College will provide English language training at Jing Ying College, while as part of proposed second stage plans, Chinese students will be offered the option to complete degree qualifications in Australia.

Of the 30,000 overseas students studying in WA, nearly 3,000 are from mainland China and a further 2,400 from Hong Kong, according to the State Government.

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