What's it Like for Young African Professionals to Work in China?


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The number of African university students in China has exploded over the past twenty years, surging from just under 2,000 in 2003 to almost 50,000 today. In fact, China is now second only to France as a destination for African students.

But what happens to these students after graduation? Their visas typically require them to leave the country within a month of completing their studies, so the majority go home. But not all.

A growing number of African graduates are successfully landing jobs with Chinese companies or starting up their own firms in China, allowing them to work and remain in the country.

Ghanian-native Zahra Baitie has lived, worked and studied in China for a number of years. Last year she graduated from the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing with a Master's of Public Policy and will soon begin working in China's booming eCommerce industry. Zahra has also been very active in the African student scene in China, organizing workshops and various events.

Zahra joins Eric & Cobus to share her experiences of what it's like for young African professionals like herself to live, study and work in China.

Join the discussion? While it may not be for everyone, would you be up for moving to China to work? Let us know what you think.

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