The Chinese government scholarship program: An effective form of foreign assistance?

Lili Dong, David W. Chapman

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This study investigates the effectiveness of Chinese international education assistance through an examination of student experience in the Chinese Government Scholarship Program, an important mechanism of Chinese foreign aid. Grounded in Pascarella's (1985) model of the impact of college on students, the study investigates participants' level of satisfaction with their higher education experience in China and their perception of the role of the scholarship program in promoting positive relationships between China and the scholarship students' home countries. Findings indicate that participants are generally satisfied with their experiences in China and are positive about the impact of the program in building friendships with their home countries. The authors discuss the implications of these findings in terms of China's emerging prominence as a provider of international development assistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-173
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Review of Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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On 1st January 1997, the Chinese government made important modifications to the administration of the Chinese Government Scholarships. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) was established as a non-profit institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education (as opposed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and charged with the administration of the scholarship programs. While the central government is still responsible for determining the number of scholarships to be awarded, the China Scholarship Council is responsible for overseeing the student admissions process and ongoing administration of the program (Foreign Students Studying in China n.d.). Since 2000, the China Scholarship Council has also been responsible for the organization and implementation of an annual review of scholarship recipients (Ministry of Education 2000).


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