The clock tower looks out over a 38-hectare campus graced by an ornamental lake and a pillared central hall. Add a little ivy and it could be almost any respected seat of learning in the West. Only the hemisphere is wrong. This is Ningbo campus of Nottingham University in China's Zhejiang province, half a world away from its British home. Teaching is in English, the first language of the staff. Last year the college, a joint venture with a Chinese enterprise, opened its doors to 900 local students looking for an international education without leaving home. Within five years their numbers are forecast to reach 4,000. Say Nottingham University provost Ina Gow: " Why go all the way to Britain when you can study in China at half the price?”
Good question. International education is now a global industry worth $30 billion a year, with some 2 million students studying abroad, a figure that's forecast to treble by 2020. In particular, the surging economies of India and China are producing far more would-be graduates than their own colleges can accommodate. But preferences are changing fast as thrifty students give up their traditional favorites in the West and choose to stay closer to home. That means a change in strategy for recruit-hungry colleges anti governments. Says Andreas Schleicher, an education expert at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development , "The real international dimension is that we no longer move students around the world: we move the providers and contents instead.”
It doesn't take a Ph. D to spot the trends. The United States still attracts more than a quarter of all overseas students, but its market share is slipping. Britain, in the second slot, saw the number of applicants from China dip by 20 percent last year. Factors include expense and tighter entry regulation. The United States last year relaxed some of its controls but not before losing some of the rich-student business from the Middle East. British universities are complaining loudly at the government 's decision to double the price of student visa.
The big beneficiaries are back in the East, close to home for Indian and Chinese students. With generous state help, Australian colleges now attract 9 percent of overseas students, after a decade of double-digit increases. Australians' goal: 560 000 foreign students-almost three times today's figure-by 2025, with Asians accounting for some 70 percent of the total. what's good for the colleges is also good for the national accounts. International education now ranks as Australia's fourth largest source of export dollars after coal, tourism and iron ore.
1. We can infer that the key feature of Ningbo campus of Nottingham University is that
A.it has a western style campus
B.it charges half the price of Nottingham University
C. it provides similar education as in Nottingham
D.it is a joint venture with a Chinese enterprise
2. Students choose to stay closer to home mainly because of
A.their fear of homesickness
B.the surging economy of their home country
C.the changing pattern of world education
D. their personal economic reason
3. According to Andreas Schleicher, the trends of education is that
A.students will choose to study in their own country
B. Western countries still have strong attraction for students
C. Australia will surpass the U. S. and Britain in the market share
D. Universities will be more active in suiting the needs of students
4. What has happened to the U. S. and Britain in terms of overseas students?
A.The U. S stays firmly as NO. 1 choice for students
B. Britain raised its overseas students by 20 percent last year.
C. Both countries forecast a rise in the student number
D. Both countries are losing their market share
5.What can we infer from the last paragraph?
A.Australia might become NO. 1 in international education
B. Australia will continue to benefit from international education
C. Student number in Australia is forecast to treble by 2020.
D. Australia will become the first choice for Asians
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1. International education is now a global industry worth $30 billion a year, with some 2 million students studying abroad, a figure that's forecast to treble by 2020.
结构分析：本句主干结构为 International education is now a global industry．．其中worth＄30 billion作后置定语，修饰 industry；with some... abroad作状语，进一步说明 a global industry的具体情况；a figure作前面数字的同位语，that引导定语从句修饰 figure.