Rich Chinese send their children to international schools in Japan


Wealthy Chinese are paying top dollar to send their children to international schools in Japan to get a Western education, Bloomberg’s Kanoko Matsuyama reported Sunday.

The change comes after international schools in China were forced to adopt state-approved curricula in December. The government’s tighter grip on international, bilingual private education was prompted by the Communist Party’s ideological desire to instill patriotism and curb mistrust in the younger generations.

According to a March report on international education in China by the Hurun Research Institute, well-to-do Chinese families value Western education because they believe it enhances independent thinking. This preference has led many Chinese parents to send their children to Japan for their studies.

“Chinese families, familiar with Japan’s safe and hygienic living environment, wish to send their children to overseas boarding schools as Japan’s COVID-19 restrictions ease and after the coronavirus crackdown. education in China,” said Manabu Murata, head of the Japan International Schools Council. company Seven Seas Capital Holdings, told Insider.

Educational data provider ISC Research told Insider that the growing movement is not isolated to Chinese parents: a growing number of South Korean parents are also looking overseas to fulfill their educational aspirations. their children.

Between 2017 and 2022, Japan saw a 12% growth of 7,200 international school enrollments, according to ISC Research. Most applications for international school education in Japan come from expatriates and students with dual nationality. ISC Research could not confirm the number of Chinese students, but said local students fill only a small percentage of admissions

Total tuition fees for international schools in Japan are expected to reach $979 million this year, a 27.8% increase from the $766 million in tuition fees collected in 2017, according to the outlet.

To meet the growing demand, international schools have sprung up in Japan. These include prestigious London schools such as Rugby School, Harrow International and Malvern College, per Bloomberg.

Appi Kogen ski resort in Japan

Harrow International School Appi is located in the ski resort of Appi Kogen.

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Studying at Harrow International School Appi can be expensive, with annual tuition fees starting at 8.5 million yen ($63,000). The campus welcomes students aged 11 to 18. Located in Japan’s largest ski resort, the school has a 36-hole golf course and 18 tennis courts.

A Chinese father told Bloomberg that he sends his children to Harrow Appi because of the school’s reputation. “My friends in China are envious that my kids got into Harrow. Japan is close, culturally similar and safe, so it’s really appealing to the wealthy class in China, who all want to send kids overseas to study. “, did he declare. by taking.

Harrow International School did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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