Chinese social media courses are popular with international students
With China’s internet boom booming, there are more Chinese students attending online courses in the US than ever before.
But how much do you know about the country’s burgeoning social media industry?
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Its become the second-largest market in the world, behind only the US, where it accounts for over half the global internet traffic.
But in the past few years, Chinese internet users have been moving from online courses to social media platforms.
The number of students attending Chinese social-media courses has exploded.
There are now more than 1.3 million Chinese students studying online courses, a 15% increase on 2015.
According to China’s Ministry of Education, in 2015-16 there were 679,000 Chinese online students studying for the first time.
That was a 33% increase from the previous year.
“I think the main reason for the increase is the rise of social media,” says Michael Richey, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Computer Science.
“They are really popular among students who are not very much in the business of going into the real world.”
China has a huge network of online courses.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of courses online is almost equal to the number in China’s main city of Tianjin, home to about 30 million people.
The internet has become a vital tool for China’s economy.
As of December 2016, more than half of China’s state-owned enterprises were online, and some are worth $1.6 trillion.
The country also has one of the world’s largest online community groups.
Its members can post videos, photos and text, and the posts are also available on Twitter and Facebook.
According for the NCES, nearly 2 million Chinese are enrolled in at least one online course in the United States.
The Chinese online learning industry has exploded in the last decade.
In the US alone, China now has more than 3.5 million internet courses, up from 2.4 million a decade ago.
“There’s a big surge of Chinese students coming to the US because of the demand for the Chinese internet,” says Richeys colleague and fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, Mark Schmitz.
In the past, students in the USA took more than 10 years to finish a US college degree.
That has changed, and many Chinese are getting ready to start a degree this year.
But the demand in the market is very different from that in the UK.
The UK is not home to many of the same Chinese online course programmes, and they have a much smaller student base.
“China is still very new to the UK and there are lots of things that you would expect that would happen in a new market,” says Schmity.
“There’s just so much competition and there’s just a lot of uncertainty around the supply chain.”
China’s demand for a global internet course has also been growing in recent years.
“In the last five years, we’ve seen the US market explode,” says NCSE researcher Michael Rittmeyer.
“So the demand is so big now.
It’s probably comparable to the demand a decade or so ago.
That’s pretty crazy.”
China is the largest online market in Asia.
It has become the world leader in the internet.
And according to the World Economic Forum, China is now the second largest market in terms of internet users.
However, it is still a niche market, and not a well-known one at that.
The majority of Chinese internet students go to the country for a few months before graduating.
But as China’s growth has been explosive, so have the expectations of international students.
The US is a very different place.
It is still dominated by the US military, and China’s military has been the focus of US President Donald Trump’s ire.
However the Chinese are also a much bigger market.
And with China’s online learning market booming, the number who are now studying for a US degree has more in common with the US’s online student population.
“We have the biggest population of Chinese online learners in the developed world,” says Professor Rittmschmitz, referring to the United Kingdom.
“The US and UK both have about the same number of online learners.
The Chinese have an even bigger audience, and that’s probably because they have this much more global reach.”
In the UK, there’s been a similar rise in demand.
In 2016, there were 1.2 million Chinese online student enrolments, a 14% increase over 2015.
This year, that number has risen to 1.5 millions, or a 35% increase.
“What you’re seeing in China is a huge rise in enrolment,” says Matthew Leung, a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, who has studied China’s social media and internet education.
“As a result of this growth, there is a lot more competition, and there is an increasing focus on Chinese