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  Recently, the Zhejiang Education Department issued “The Province’s Higher Education Internationalization Annual Report (2015).” It analyzes the internationalization of all universities and colleges in Zhejiang.

  It shows that Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YICC) ranks fourth in terms of internationalization. Foreign students account for 12.51% of its students, which ranks second among all universities and colleges in Zhejiang.      

  According to its official website, the School of International Education of YICC started to enroll foreign students in 2007. In the next few years, more and more students from different countries and regions entered into YICC.

  Last year, when interviewed its Mid-autumn Festival Party for foreign students, our reporter was told that at the end of June, 2015, YICC already had more than 700 foreign students.

  YICC is the first college to be authorized to conduct all the three major Chinese qualification tests: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK, also known as Chinese Proficiency Test), Business Chinese test (BCT) and Youth Chinese Test (YCT). So far, nearly 1,000 foreign students from Zhejiang and other parts of China have taken the tests at YICC.   

  In the past ten years, over 5,000 foreign students from all over the world have graduated from YICC. The number of its foreign students enrolled has always been in the top ten of Zhejiang’s universities and the top one in Zhejiang’s vocational colleges.

  For foreign students, what is the attraction of YICC?

  One factor is that Yiwu is an international trade city with numerous business partners from over 200 countries and regions. It is believed that there are over 130,000 permanent foreign businessmen in Yiwu. With such a large population, the education for foreigners is required urgently. Secondly, Yiwu is a tolerant and open city, which makes it a comfortable place for foreigners to live.

  Anli, a 23-year-old Turk, told us that he had been in Guangzhou for two years before coming to Yiwu. Six months ago, a friend of his introduced YICC to him. After that he began to fill out his application. “It’s so convenient. I make many friends here and we have a lot of fun. I really enjoy living here. It makes me feel comfortable,” said Anli.

  After getting her master’s degree, Ding Zhenru from Thailand was sent to YICC by her father for further education. Now she has graduated and returned to Thailand. She inherited her father’s business, becoming the general manager of a five-star hotel in Bangkok.

  After graduation, some foreign students go to Beijing, Shanghai, or Hangzhou for further education; some go back to their homeland, engaging in China-related work (their experience in Yiwu is a highlight on their resume); and others choose to stay in Yiwu. (Translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Kendra Fiddler)

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