Liu Xin is one of the over 60 Chinese students at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Two and a half years ago, when she started her master’s degree program, there were only 20 Chinese students attending the university.” According to my observation, the number of Chinese students who go to African countries for higher education is growing in recent years,” said Li Lianxing, secretary general of the China-Africa Report Project at Tsinghua University. Li said that most Chinese students choose to study in universities in South Sudan, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.
According to him, there are three types of Chinese students in Africa. One type is language students who major in local African languages such as Swahili and Hauser in China and go to African countries to study the language. Another type is non-language students who major in law, economy, culture, education or agriculture and go to African universities for six months to a year to learn more about the culture or for research, said Li. “The above two types of students are all funded by the Chinese government.” A third type has been growing in recent years. More Chinese choose to develop their career and build a life in African countries, and some of their children tend to receive higher education in African countries, he said. –China News/