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A total of 85,000 international students studied in postgraduate program
s in China in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 12.28 percent, the Ministry of Education said on June 3.
Among 492,200 international students studying in China in 2018, 52.44 percent were studying in
degree programs, up 6.86 percent from 2017, said a press release from the ministry.
The growth of international students in engineering, management, science and agricultural science all reached 20 perce
nt, indicating the increasing attraction of science programs in China, the statement said.
The international students in China came from 196 countries a
nd regions and 52.95 percent of them were from 64 countries along the Belt and Road.
About 63,000 of them were sponsored by Chinese government scholarships, the ministry said.
The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.
Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro
vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics
were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.
The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou
ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu
cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.
Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.
Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.
The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.