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China has stopped recognizing online study at overseas institutions and called on students to get on a plane and resume face to face study. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange – the body responsible for recognition of credentials earned overseas – had a policy of acknowledging only …

  1. lglethal Silver badge

    Feel tech...hmmm....

    "An amateur craftsman could use the system to grasp the subtle techniques of a master craftsman, or individuals could use it to haptically recall sensations, etc. they experienced at a younger age,"

    It'll primarily be used for porn, wont it?

    (alas no more Paris icon, it would have fit perfectly in this comment...)

  2. Intractable Potsherd

    Chinese students

    At undergraduate level, and from a teaching perspective, Chinese students staying at home is no great loss. In general, they add nothing to a course - they do not engage with tutors, produce exam answers with English so mangled it takes much more time to mark, and raise hell if they fail. None of this is unique to Chinese students, of course, but with them making up a large percentage of the cohort of some courses it becomes a problem. The only people who would complain if China made it more difficult for their young people to come here for I graduate education are the beancounters and Principals on hugely inflated wages.

    1. hoola Silver badge

      Re: Chinese students

      I am not sure that is fair and is maybe a very restricted view.

      International students provide significant income for universities that goes way beyond supporting "hugely inflated wages or beancounters and Principals". The reality is that in the grand scheme of things, reducing VC salary has minimal impact on what is delivered to students. I don't disagree that some of the salaries at the very top of university's do appear to have increased excessively over the last 10 years but that is all down to this mythical "required to attract talent."

      Covid and all the restrictions on travel severely hammered most institutions as there were students that chose to delay starting or if they were already on courses, refunds were given because of the switch to online. If the Chinese students English is so poor then maybe the institution you have experience of needs to improve it's ELTU support.

      In my experience many of the international students, particularly on the more challenging STEM courses are far more committed than the UK students, possibly because they have paid so much.

      China pushing for in-person teaching I see as a reasonable request. It appears to be a malaise of UK students that they want to do everything they possibly can online or at a time of their convenience.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "stage local protests in nations that take issue with the Middle Kingdom's policies"

    I'm sorry, but that should earn them an immediate return ticket to their beloved country.

    You don't like our way of thinking ? That is your right but then, what are you doing here ?

  4. Claptrap314 Silver badge

    Camel nose in tent...

    Chinese studying abroad are required by the Party to be engaged in "the Struggle". That is, to improve China's position vis' a vis the US especially. This is war by other means.

    I see little reason to encourage many of them to come at all.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Camel nose in tent...

      I have a colleague long past his studies and a naturalised citizen. A friendly, sensible chap, who nonetheless for solely emotional reasons toes the unsavoury line on Tibet.

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