China Scholarship Council

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The China Scholarship Council (Chinese: ; pinyin: Guójiā Liúxué Jījīn Guǎnlǐ Wěiyuánhuì, CSC) is the Chinese Ministry of Education's non-profit organization that provides support for international academic exchange with China and is the primary vehicle through which the Chinese government awards scholarships.[1][2] CSC provides both funding for Chinese citizens and residents to study abroad, and for foreign students and scholars to study in China.[3] The agency predominantly provides scholarships to individuals, including in batches allocated to specific foreign universities.[4]There are 11 types of scholarship programs[5]

The CSC funds approximately 65,000 Chinese students studying abroad in a given year, and the same number of international students in China.[1] About 26,000 Chinese students in the United States are receiving funding from the CSC.[1] According to a 2020 report by the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, certain CSC scholarships require that recipients "support the leadership of the Communist Party and the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics; love the motherland; have a sense of responsibility to serve the country, society, and the people; and to have a correct world view, outlook on life, and values system."[6]

Among its largest or most well-known scholarship programs, the CSC manages the Chinese government award for outstanding self finance students abroad, which funds about five hundred students each year; and the National Construction High-Level University Postgraduate Program scholarship, which funds about 10,000 graduate students each year.[2] Both scholarships are designed to encourage Chinese students to return home after completing their studies.[1]

The CSC's elite-track funding mechanism for foreign exchange is the International Cooperative Program for Innovative Talents (ICPIT) program, which funds hundreds of special training programs arising from collaborations between top Chinese and international institutions.[7][8]

In August 2020, the University of North Texas terminated its relationship with the China Scholarship Council.[9]

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  2. ^ a b Bo, Xiang (2 Apr 2018). "Outstanding Chinese students honored with government award". Xinhua News Agency. Archived from the original on 2 April 2018. Retrieved 3 Jan 2018.
  3. ^ Yan, Li (7 Jun 2018). "Bigger Chinese scholarships attract foreign students to boost soft power". Archived from the original on 4 January 2019. Retrieved 3 Jan 2018.
  4. ^ Ebsworth-Goold, Erika (27 Oct 2018). "Washington University strengthens international ties". The Source Washington University in St. Louis. Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 3 Jan 2018.
  5. ^ "Chinese Government Scholarships Earlier Scheme". SICAS Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  6. ^ Bowe, Alexander; Lloyd-Damnjanovic, Anastasya (October 7, 2020). "Overseas Chinese Students and Scholars in China's Drive for Innovation" (PDF). United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. p. 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-10-13. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  7. ^ Chinese Ministry of Education (5 Jul 2018). "Proposals for 2019 International Cooperation Training Programs for Innovative Talents (关于做好2019年创新型人才国际合作培养项目申报工作的通知)" (PDF). Chinese Scholarship Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 January 2019. Retrieved 21 Dec 2018.
  8. ^ "XMU's talent project approved by China Scholarship Council". Xiamen University. 20 Jan 2018. Archived from the original on 4 January 2019. Retrieved 12 Dec 2018.
  9. ^ Zheng, Sarah (2020-09-01). "Trump planning more curbs on Chinese students, says Pompeo". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 2020-09-01. Retrieved 2020-09-01.

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