Surge in Chinese Studies

With the Swedish school term starting up again on Monday for most students after the long summer break, students’ interest in China is at record levels, according to a report in the Swedish daily ”Dagens Nyheter”.

In the Stockholm area alone, seven high schools are offering Chinese studies, and the trend is being followed across the entire country.

The venture in Stockholm is being labelled ”Project China” by the education authority, who hope to foster links with a country they see as crucial for future trade, business, and job opportunities for today’s young Swedes. The project has secured collaborations with Chinese schools and Swedish companies already established in China.

The interest in Chinese and Chinese affairs extends to universities. Professor Torbjörn Loden of Stockholm University specialises in Chinese language and culture. He told ”Dagens Nyheter” that interest in the Asian superpower has exploded in the last year, with six candidates applying for each available place in this autumn’s course.

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