The Clash Between Chinese and Western Education


The rising tide of studying abroad in China leads to an increase in popularity of International Education. As the overseas student body expands, “Chinese Overseas Students” has evolved from individuals to a huge collective group. In 2015, the total number of overseas students increased above 500,000, 34% of them being UK students. Meanwhile, China has the largest number of overseas students in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and many other countries. In 2016, the number is projected to grow continuously. The overseas students have great impact on their families, China’s image and economic growth in destination countries. The prevailing trend of studying abroad make us wonder what are the fundamental differences between Chinese and Western Education? As Chinese and Western cultures begin to merge into each other, the education patterns in China and UK are shifting as well.

In China, the idea of “Quality Education” and “Efficient Study” is increasingly recognised. In this section, we will unveil the efficiency in education and discover in the light of current society’s needs, whether exam-orientated education or “Quality Education” will be a better choice.

With rise of UK-based Confucius Institute, which promotes Chinese language and culture and received widespread popularity, it quickly become an effective platform for Chinese language and culture to expand their global influence. Behind this phenomenon, what does it tell us about UK’s ideologies and concepts in education? What will be the long-term impact of the rise of the Confucius Institute?