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“Starting from Beijing, after a month of long visa waiting, crowded check-in, flight, transfer and entry, I finally arrived in Boston.” this is the real experience of MIT student Yuxuan (pseudonym) this year. The visa center is congested, and the air tickets are sold at sky high prices… In the seemingly disorderly “chaos”, there is actually a glimmer of dawn projected on thousands of families – studying abroad has been suspended for one year, and finally restarted in 2021. In addition to a large number of students who choose to study abroad like Lei Yuxuan, most students still choose to start their studies at home in the mode of online classes, and even turn to the mode of Sino foreign cooperation in running schools.
In the changing world with more and more uncertain factors, the discussion on the purpose, ways and value judgment of studying abroad will completely bid farewell to the “only answer”. Everyone will complete their studies with different initial intentions, different criteria, or in a mixed way. Studying abroad is restarting and rapidly entering the era of “diversification” in the overall sense – everyone who studies abroad also needs to make more choices.
After the restart of studying abroad, we may usher in more fierce competition
What is the impact of a sudden epidemic on foreign students? Now, looking back at the restart window, you will find that the vast majority of foreign students have chosen to continue their study abroad plan to stick to the uncertain status quo and their own confusion. At the end of 2020, COVID-19’s report on the impact of QS on global students showed that only 5% of students in China believed that their study plan would be completely terminated.
Although it is impossible to prove that there will be a “retaliatory” blowout of studying abroad in 2021, in the special interview of Lingying’s influence, many guests believe that the competition for studying abroad at famous universities will be more intense in 2021. Wang mengyan, general manager of ETS China, said that in the data analysis, she found that the number of applicants from some mainstream elite schools in the United States and Britain has exploded in different ranges since this year, but the overall number of degrees provided has not increased significantly. Charles Ellison, President of harrow foreign children’s school in Shanghai, also said that no matter at present or before the epidemic, the global students’ desire for top universities has never decreased, which is no doubt, and has not been weakened or changed by the epidemic. However, due to the postponement of enrollment of a large number of students in the 2020-21 academic year, the application of some courses and universities has been exceeded, which has stimulated the corresponding number management measures.
Based on the short-term current situation, whether it is through hardships, insisting on going abroad, learning through online courses, or choosing Sino foreign cooperation in running schools… Studying abroad presents a “diversified change” in the “way”. President Charles Ellison believes that the whole world has learned to learn and adapt more flexibly. People are witnessing a combination of online learning and offline face-to-face learning. According to Yang Xiaoyan, assistant dean of Changjiang business school, the epidemic has accelerated the arrival of the era of online teaching and office, which to some extent provides us with more diversified channels and forms to expand our international vision.
However, whether online courses can obtain all the value experience of studying abroad can not be realized at least at present. Xiao Jingdong, founder of Yixue and columnist of FT Chinese network, believes that studying abroad is not only academic learning, but also needs to understand and integrate into the university community and interact with professors and students. Therefore, the lack of overseas learning environment experience will inevitably affect the future competitiveness of students.
After inertia, the coordinated contingency of “study abroad view” and “talent view”
Due to the “inertia” of education, the “diversified changes” reflected in the short term are relatively concentrated on the way of studying abroad. After inertia, with the fundamental change of the society’s view on studying abroad, the question that foreign students think about is “studying abroad” for “staying” or “learning”? What is the purpose of studying abroad? What competitive advantages can studying abroad bring? The answers to these questions will also change in the change of the “talent view” of the whole society.
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