CHINA: 1,000 scholarships to learn Chinese teaching

China has announced it will award scholarships to 1,021 foreign applicants for a masters programme in Chinese language teaching, in an effort to cultivate teachers able to meet increasing overseas demand to learn the language, the official Xinhua news agency reports. Statistics show that around 40 million people overseas are learning Chinese. The figure is estimated to reach 100 million by 2010, creating a high demand for teachers.

The students, from more than 50 countries, have promised to teach Chinese for more than five years after they graduate from the programme offered by 50 universities around China, including the Peking University and the Beijing Normal University.

The scholarships, funded by the Chinese government, will grant more than 40,000 yuan (around US$6,000) to each of the applicants annually from 2009 to 2013. The Confucius Institute Headquarters (CIH) in Beijing, which specialises in promoting the Chinese language, will offer teaching instructions on the masters programme.
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