- Aug. 11, 2014
-- Never before have so many foreign students been registered at German universities. Especially for guest students from China the location of choice for a stay abroad is more and more often Germany.
This comes from the report “Science Open to the World 2014” a joint publication from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Center for University and Science Research (DZHW).
According to the report the number of Chinese students has increased fivefold (approx. 25,000) since 1999. Around 2012 Chinese already made up 8.5% of all foreign first year students in Germany.
“Chinese students usually return home after their studies to begin work as professionals with foreign companies. This development is especially welcomed by European firms. Chinese applicants who can show international experience are so sought after now that European companies present themselves to Chinese candidates at specialized job fairs (the SinoJobs Career Days) in Düsseldorf and Munich,” says Dirk Mussenbrock, founder of the job portal SinoJobs, which specializes in European-Chinese Professionals and Managers.
But the Middle Kingdom is becoming more popular among German students too. It is at spot number 7 on the ranking list, even taking the second spot among non-EU countries, after the USA. So China has distinctly grown in attractiveness for students here. Since 2003 the number of students who have decided on China for their stay abroad has increased 4.5 times.