International Review of Education

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 155–173 | Cite as

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program: An Effective Form of Foreign Assistance?



This study investigates the effectiveness of Chinese international education assistance through an examination of student experience in the Chinese Government Scholarship Program, an important mechanism of Chinese foreign aid. Grounded in Pascarella’s (1985) model of the impact of college on students, the study investigates participants’ level of satisfaction with their higher education experience in China and their perception of the role of the scholarship program in promoting positive relationships between China and the scholarship students’ home countries. Findings indicate that participants are generally satisfied with their experiences in China and are positive about the impact of the program in building friendships with their home countries. The authors discuss the implications of these findings in terms of China’s emerging prominence as a provider of international development assistance.


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LE PROGRAMME DE BOURSE DU GOUVERNEMENT CHINOIS: UNE FORME EFFICACE D’AIDE ÉTRANGÈRE ? - Cette Étude examine l’efficacitÉ de l’aide chinoise à l’Éducation internationale par un examen des expÉriences estudiantines dans le programme de bourse du gouvernement chinois, un mÉcanisme important d’aide chinoise aux Étrangers. FondÉ sur le modÈle de Pascarella (de 1985) de l’impact de l’universitÉ sur les Étudiants, l’Étude examine le niveau de satisfaction des participants quant à leur expÉrience de l’enseignement supÉrieur en Chine et leur perception du rôle du programme de bourse comme favorisant des rapports positifs entre la Chine et les pays d’origine des Étudiants boursiers. Les rÉsultats indiquent que les participants sont en gÉnÉral satisfaits de leur expÉrience en Chine et sont affirmatifs quant à l’impact du programme dans la mise en place d’amitiÉs avec leurs pays d’origine. Les auteurs discutent des implications de ces rÉsultats en termes de l’Éminence commençante de la Chine comme fournisseur d’aide au dÉveloppement international.


DAS STAATLICHE CHINESISCHE STIPENTIENPROGRAMM: EINE EFFEKTIVE FORM DER AUSLANDSHILFE? – Diese Studie überprüft die Effektivität der internationalen Studienbeihilfen in China mithilfe einer Untersuchung studentischer Erfahrungen im staatlichen chinesischen Stipendienprogramm, welches einen bedeutenden Bestandteil der chinesischen Auslandshilfe darstellt. Auf der Grundlage von Pascarellas (1985) Modell des Einflusses akademischer Bildung auf Studierende untersucht die Studie den Grad der Zufriedenheit der Teilnehmer mit ihren Erfahrungen in höherer Bildung in China sowie ihre Wahrnehmung der Rolle, die das Stipendienprogramm in der Förderung positiver Beziehungen zwischen China und den Heimatländern der Studierenden spielt. Im Ergebnis zeigen sich die Studierenden generell zufrieden mit ihren Erfahrungen in China und bewerten den Einfluss des Programms auf den Aufbau von Freundschaften mit ihren Heimatländern als positiv. Die Autoren diskutieren die Implikationen dieser Ergebnisse im Zusammenhang mit der zunehmenden Bedeutung Chinas bei der Bereitstellung internationaler Entwicklungshilfen.


¿ES EL PROGRAMA DE BECAS DEL GOBIERNO CHINO UNA FORMA EFECTIVA DE AYUDA EN EL EXTERIOR? – Este estudio investiga la eficacia de la asistencia internacional en educación de la China mediante el análisis de las experiencias hechas por estudiantes en el Programa de Becas del Gobierno Chino, un mecanismo importante de la ayuda al desarrollo prestada por este país oriental. Basado en el modelo de Pascarella (1985) sobre el impacto del college sobre los estudiantes, el estudio investiga el nivel de satisfacción de los participantes con la experiencia en estudios superiores que han hecho en la China y su percepción en cuanto al papel que juega el programa de becas en el fomento de relaciones positivas entre la China y los países de origen de los estudiantes becados. Los autores debaten sobre las implicaciones que podrán tener estos resultados en vista de la creciente importancia que está teniendo la China como proveedor de ayuda internacional al desarrollo. Open image in new window


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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