3 Trends in China that Will Define International Recruitment in 2018

Start 2018 Informed on the Latest Chinese Education Trends

2017 was a challenging year for international recruiters in the US with many institutions seeing declining enrollments. However, 2018 holds much to be excited about for international recruitment in China. The education space has seen significant growth due to newly emerging cities, Chinese universities with greater appetites for partnerships, brand-new international schools, and more in-school counselors seeking to connect with recruiters.

The Sunrise team pored over pages and pages of research to come up with a comprehensive report that contains everything you need to know about the newest developments in Chinese education.

Read on to discover some of the trends to look out for in the upcoming year.

1. International schools are popping up quickly

The number of international schools has nearly doubled in the past 7 years and will continue to increase in the next few years. With recruitment season coming up, it may be beneficial to see where your potential applicants are coming from.

(Source: NewSchool Insight)

(Source: NewSchool Insight)

2. Chinese universities will spend more on partnerships

The implementation of the "Double First Class University Plan", an initiative by the Chinese government to improve their higher education, marks over $6 billion USD being poured into 137 different universities. This means greater interest in international partnerships, funding for exchange programs, and opportunities for graduate-level recruitment.

Source: (NewSchool Insight)

Source: (NewSchool Insight)

3. Second and third tier cities are becoming major players

An increasing number of international schools are being built in lesser-known cities. Ever heard of Rizhao or Yantai? More than 60% of the universities mentioned on the Double First Class Plan list are located in second and third tier cities- an indicator of where the growth will be for the foreseeable future.