Author: Heidi Østbø Haugen.
Haugen, Heidi Østbø. 2013. "China's recruitment of African university students: policy efficacy and unintended outcomes." Globalisation, Societies and Education 11 (3): 315-334. https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.2012.750492
This article explores how Sino-African relations are affected by the growing number of Africans who pursue higher education in China. China actively recruits African university students in order to increase soft power and generate income from the export of education services. Semi-structured interviews with African university students suggest that China fails to reach these policy objectives because the students are disappointed with the quality of the education they receive. However, the students engage in trade and contribute to the fast-growing export of Chinese products to African markets, thereby reinforcing the ties between China and Africa in unintended ways.