Last year, as many as four lakh foreign students including around 13,000 from India studied in China, a sharp increase of 50 per cent compared to 2010.
During the ongoing bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC), Education Minister Chen Baosheng said, "the higher education courses registered an increase of 17.5 per cent from 2010 as access to higher education has expanded constantly."
"Nearly 4 lakh overseas students from 202 countries and regions came to China last year for studies in universities and colleges, a surge of 50 per cent from 2010. About 36.47 million overseas students studied higher education in the country", he said.
13,000 Indian students studied in China
Around 13,000 Indian students studied in various colleges in China and over 8000 study medicine, according to Indian officials
"The gross enrolments ratio for higher education was 40 per cent in 2015, 13.5 per cent points higher than in 2010, exceeding the average level of medium-to-high income countries", Chen said, state-run Xinhua news agency reported
During the period of 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), over 45 per cent of the new work force had received higher education, Chen said in his report to the NPC
Reuters top 75 universities: No Chinese universities in the list of top 20
However, no Chinese Universities comes in the list of top 20 universities in the Reuters top 75, Asia's most innovative universities. In fact, most of the high-ranking universities are based in Japan (17) and South Korea
The highest ranked university in China is Tsinghua University (rank 13), a public research university based in Beijing.