In a bid to boost their employment and living opportunities, expatriate medical insurance policyholders in Singapore are taking up Mandarin lessons in their droves.
Patrick Chen, marketing manager of Academ-Asia School of Language and Education in Singapore, told the Telegraph that there has been a 30 per cent rise in the number of expatriates enrolling in Mandarin language lessons since last year.
"Considering how China's economy is growing, it is becoming an important language to know both for professional and cultural reasons," he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Xinhuanet.com reports Beijing is set to grant more scholarships to overseas medical insurance customers in a bid to attract some 129,000 more foreign students to China over the next decade.
To establish this, the capital will send more teachers to study abroad in order to raise Beijing's educational standard and will set up further Confucius Institutes in the city's universities, which will meet demand for Mandarin classes.
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