Foreign students not to leave China during Olympics

April 18th, 2008 - 9:11 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, April 18 (Xinhua) China’s education ministry Friday rubbished the international media reports that all foreign students have been asked to leave the country during Olympics. “Overseas media reports that foreign students in China would have to leave the country during the August Olympics were totally fabricated,” Wang Xuming, an education ministry spokesman, said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

“Relevant departments and universities have never asked foreign students to leave China during the Olympics and Paralympics. During that time, foreign students could stay and some of them would join volunteer services,” the spokesman said.

He added that international cooperation and exchanges in the educational field would proceed as usual, including accepting foreign students who would come to study in China.

Official statistics show China attracted more than 162,000 students from 185 countries and regions in 2006, three times the number in 2000.

Foreign students entered more than 500 universities and higher education institutions and their research topics covered almost all academic subjects available in China.

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