The gap between China’s incoming and outgoing international students is quickly closing, according to Professor Josef Gregory Mahoney of East China Normal University. In 2019, the country “sent just 100,000 more students abroad than it took in.”

As more and more parents seek a British education for their children – due to factors such as a broad curriculum, great pastoral care and a stellar line up of alumni, from Nobel prize winners to world leaders – British independent schools are providing the opportunity for children to benefit from a British education without leaving home.

With over 850 international schools in China alone, might the rapidly expanding independent school system be the key to keeping international education local?

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