A study examining the lives of Chinese students abroad has revealed that one in four of those attending America’s prestigious Ivy League universities will drop out before graduation. Language difficulties and a different education style were cited as the biggest factors influencing the massive drop-out rate; typically, the Ivy Leagues have extremely high (around 95%) retention rates.
A similar headline broke several years ago when it was revealed that a staggering 44% of Korean Ivy League students dropped out before graduation. While China’s stats aren’t quite as high, they are still garnering a lot of attention, as South China Morning Post reports:
Half of the returning graduates cited “economic conditions” as the main obstacle to staying overseas, followed by saturated overseas employment markets and poor social skills, which accounted for 38.9 per cent and 33.6 per cent respectively, the survey found.
According to the Centre for China and Globalisation (CCG), a non-profit think tank based in Beijing, over 270,000 overseas graduates returned to China in 2012, up 47 per cent from a year earlier. It also said 70 per cent of the entire overseas graduate population chose to seek jobs in China.[…]
Wang Huiyao, director of CCG, said Chinese students left overseas schools for various reasons. “It could be due to poor language skills, cultural differences, poor social skills and even plagiarism,” he said in a telephone interview.