“Bright Futures”: A Comparative Study of Internal and International Mobility of Chinese Higher Education Students (‘Euro-China UPC’)

Duration: 05/15 – 04/18

The migration of Chinese students in search of ‘bright futures’ through education, whether to cities within China or to countries in other regions such as Europe, has brought about profound change in the country. Besides bring a major driver of China’s rapid urbanization, the search for university education has also meant that Chinese students now make up a large proportion of international students. Yet relatively little is known about this phenomenon and the profile of those making the decision to migrate for their studies.

“Bright Futures”: A Comparative Study of Internal and International Mobility of Chinese Higher Education Students (‘Euro-China UPC’) aims to shed further light on this complex process through a comparative study of student migration within China and to Germany and the UK. Through extensive interviews and fieldwork with domestic and international students, as well as their parents, the research will provide a valuable evidence base for governments, students and higher education institutions.

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Yasemin Soysal (Principal Investigator, Graduate Director)
Hector Cebolla Boado (Associate Professor)
Sophia Woodman

Creation of an important database on educational migration experiences for Chinese students in China and Europe.

Engagement of key stakeholders through various outreach activities, including conferences in Beijing, Brussels and London.

Series of publications to disseminate findings, including journal articles, media briefings and a policy-oriented report summarising research for governments and public sector organisations.