Frontiers of Education in China

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 532–552 | Cite as

Retrospective and Prospects for China’s International Educational Exchange in the 40th Anniversary Year of Reform and Opening Up

  • Liqing WeiEmail author
  • Yanhua Hu
Research Article


International exchange is an important part of China’s educational opening up, cooperation, and connection with other countries. It also serves as a unique strategic resource, helping to develop and consolidate mutual political trust, diplomatic exchange, economic and trade relations, cultural exchange and educational cooperation between China and other countries in the world, thereby enhancing China’s international image. We have seen positive contributions made to our progress towards peace among peoples, and noted the irreplaceable role played by China. International educational exchange is an important part of global international student flows. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, especially in the 40 years of reform and opening up, China has experienced a development process in education from language students to students at all levels and from quantity to quality. The change in the type of international students studying in China and of Chinese students studying abroad reflects the Chinese spirit and the broadening the appeal of China’s programs. It can be interpreted as the fulfillment of the “Chinese Dream,” contributing to national revitalization. The trade imbalance between exporting countries and destination countries in international educational exchange has been reduced.


40 years of reform and opening up international students studying in China Chinese students studying abroad international educational exchange 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Journal of International Education ExchangeChina Education Association for International ExchangeBeijingChina
  2. 2.Editorial DepartmentHebei Normal UniversityShijiazhuangChina

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