— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on June 30, 2020, Tuesday.
Indeed, the epidemic has disrupted many people's overseas study plans. I have an exchange student friend who went to the UK from Singapore in January this year. He originally planned to study for a semester, but he stopped his study plan in advance and returned to Singapore in March due to the epidemic A survey conducted by the British Council in late March and early April found that among students who had applied to study abroad,
Twenty-two percent said they were likely or very likely to cancel plans, 39 percent were not sure, and 27 percent said they were not likely to cancel plans.
And when students were asked what was their biggest concern about studying in the UK,79 per cent said they were very worried about their health.
In fact, the epidemic may be quietly changing the flow of international students, with relatively healthy countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand likely to see more students, while relatively poor countries such as the United States and The United Kingdom are likely to see fewer international students.
Ernst & Young, the consultancy, expects New Zealand's share of international students to rise by 1 per cent, equivalent to about 10,000 new students, and Australia's by 2 per cent. Changes in the flow of international students may also have an impact on the economies of some countries. International students contributed $44.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2018, up 5.5 percent from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. In fact, the total number of international students in the United States reached a record high in the 2018-2019 academic year and exceeded 1 million for four consecutive years. This trend is likely to be challenged by the epidemic, and some new changes will emerge. In Britain, international students contribute tens of billions of dollars to the economy. In terms of exports, the epidemic situation in China, India and South Korea will also influence students' decision to study abroad。
Michael Peak, a senior adviser at the British Council, said it had been a challenging year for higher education in universities around the world. In addition to the uncertainty faced by new students, there are large numbers of already enrolled students who need additional help. How to guide them to better cope with the epidemic and improve the school experience are the topics that universities are discussing.
Recently, the University of California, Davis, has set up a forum on this topic. Taking good care of existing students is also a key to attracting new students. In addition to the epidemic itself, the issue of work visas has also been an important factor influencing the choice of international students in recent years. The employment problem after graduation is obviously a problem that many international students are very concerned about. In recent years, both the UK and the US have made changes to their work visas. In the face of the epidemic, there will be new changes, which will also become a consideration for international students.
While the epidemic is challenging universities around the world, it is also testing the ability of related industries in the huge industrial chain of overseas study to cope with it. We will also pay close attention to the new changes in the study abroad industry.