Education exhibition tour a boon for parents and students alike
About 50 international universities and organizations will attend the China International Education Exhibition Tour on March 28 at the Shanghai International Convention Center.
At the exhibition, the 24th organized by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, students and parents can talk face to face with school officials and even consulate officials.
There will also be a number of supporting activities to help students gain a better understanding of the latest overseas study policies and make better pre-departure preparations.
Special training for overseas students will continue to be featured at the event to lower the number of accidents experienced by Chinese students abroad.
A series of lectures will be delivered on topics ranging from consular protection and cross-cultural exchange, to related services available for Chinese students studying abroad.
“Accident occurrence increases as more and more Chinese students go abroad for study,” said Han Sanjun, an official of the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange. “We hope we can help them reduce the risk with better preparation.”
Han said more and more joint-venture universities and cooperative programs between Chinese and foreign educational institutions have appeared recently, and they are winning popularity among Chinese families with safety and economic concerns.
"Many such programs allow students to spend the first one or two years in China to improve their language skills and better prepare them for the education styles in other countries," he said. "And the families also feel at ease that they can save in costs and see their children go abroad alone at a more mature age."
Some of these cooperative programs will also be presented at the exhibition in Shanghai.
Shanghai is the third stop of the exhibition tour, which will kick off on March 23 in Beijing and end in Shenzhen on March 31. In total, more than 200 colleges and organizations will take part in the annual event this year.
The exhibition, one of the most famous of its kind in China, was initiated in 1999. Over 2,400 universities and institutions from 56 countries have participated so far, attracting about 1.45 million visitors in the past two decades.