an education is serious business in much of China.
are expected to complete daily homework even on weekends and holidays, but
their learning doesn’t stop there. Parents routinely enroll their children in
additional classes and extracurricular activities. They are especially eager to
give their children an academic edge.
parents spend a considerable sum of money on their children’s education – as
much as $43,500
per year on classes outside the
regular school day. The goal is to prepare their children to be successful in a
high-tech world that is continually redefining itself.
study opportunities may be in the form of travel and specialty camps, but over
700 million Chinese use the internet regularly, and as many as 78 million
learners access courses online. Intimate class sizes and personalized
feedback make online learning an attractive alternative to more traditional
afterschool programs in China. Students participate in a variety of online
learning opportunities. In digital learning environments from around the globe,
students learn core subjects like language and mathematics, and they also
enroll in classes for coding and STEM. Chinese parents dedicate the time and
money necessary for educational opportunity.
interest in edtech isn’t slowing down. It’s gaining in popularity.
Edtech in China
study time and resources has been made possible by innovative edtech solutions
and online courses, and the edtech companies delivering these courses have
earned nearly ten billion
dollars in the last five years alone. Additionally, the synergy begins at
home: Beijing and Shanghai are hubs of edtech incubation and entrepreneurship.
Chinese are particularly eager to immerse their children in STEM courses. The
nature of the science, technology, engineering, and math courses aligns well
with the goal President Xi Jinping’s goal of being the premier innovators
worldwide by 2050 and incorporating artificial intelligence in their
education system no later than 2030.
meet this goal, China must have a population well-educated in technology and
the other courses that support it.
the Chinese are forging ahead to meet this ambitious goal, not everyone is
comfortable with China taking the leading in technology and artificial
Politics and STEM education for
Chinese international students
is no stranger to STEM education policy. In an effort to curb the influx of
international students completing advanced degrees in STEM, the United States
initiated new visa restrictions. The decision is based on fears of intellectual
350,000 students, the changes in visas include shortening the stay
from five years to one year. Reducing the time allowed to study in the U.S.
will increase the likelihood that many Chinese students will explore higher
education options in other countries.
advent of online learning makes it possible for these students to attend the
classes they need in any time zone and any location.
Edtech solutions are leveling the playing field for students everywhere. Chinese students, in particular, are eager to leverage technology to help position their country as a leader in worldwide innovation.