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Eight major Chinese universities have entered Thailand’s Study Overseas market, introducing their own international standard of teaching and post-graduate opportunities to work in the USA and UK, with some institutions also offering cheaper tuition fees than local HE institutions. The programme is currently promoted by study overseas agents who also planning to introduce this programme to neighbouring countries such as Laos and Cambodia. Chanokphan Prachakul, senior counselling officer at the Studywitz Center, explained that their agent was contacted by a Chinese educational agent to promote Chinese education in Thailand and neighbouring countries. The Chinese agent wanted to promote the programme in Thailand first because Chinese institutions have limited seats for foreign students, so they prefer to offer this opportunity to Thai students. It will also be offered in other countries, but applications will be limited once quotas are reached. There are eight Chinese universities participating in the programme, each charging low tuition fees. All the institutions focus on Medicine because it is popular among Thai students as they offer degree qualifications certified by the World Health Organisation, and tuition fees are much lower than in Thailand. The eight Chinese institutions include: China Medical University: offering Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery (English programme) costing about US$ 3,500 (£1,750). Huazhong University of Science and Technology: one of the top 10 public universities offering a Bachelor degree in Electrical and IT Engineering (4-year course) costing US$ 3,150 per year (£1,570); a Foundation course in Medicine Study (6-month course) costing US$ 2,575 per year (£1,284); and a Bachelor degree in Medicine Study (6-year course) costing US$ 3,860 per year (£1,925). Jinhua University offers English programmes in: Bachelor degree in Medicine, Bachelor degree in Pharmacology, and Bachelor degree in Nursing, costing about US$ 2,500 per year (£1,245). Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers 4-year courses in English programmes in: Aircraft Engineering, Bachelor degree in Aircraft Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor degree in International Business, and a Chinese language course. These programmes cost about US$ 2,600 per year (£1,296) Shangqiu Normal University offers short-term (1-3 months) and long-term (1-2 years) Chinese language courses, Bachelor degree in Biotechnology and Bio-engineering, Bachelor degree in Chemical and Technical Engineering, Bachelor degree in Marketing, and Bachelor degree in Economics. All programmes are taught in the English language and cost about US$ 2,000 per year (£1,000). Tianjin University of Technology offers 4-year courses in: Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, and Bachelor degree in Business Administration. All programmes are taught in the English language and cost about US$ 2,000 per year (£1,000). Yangtze University offers 4-year courses in: Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering, and 1-year Executive MBA. All programmes are taught in the English language and cost about US$ 2,315 per year (£1,154). Zhejiang Medical University offers English programmes in: Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery (students are required to take a 6-month Language and Pre-Medical course before starting the degree course). The total cost of this subject is US$ 4,295 per year (£2,142).
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