Returning to China for a job
For many years, scholarly research, the media and China’s government have focused mainly on either returnees with a PhD, who could join research centers or universities, or on returned entrepreneurs. But, in fact, most returnees are overseas MA students; in 2015, of 410,000 returnees, 330,780 or 80.7%, were returned MAs who had gone abroad for 1-2 years. Based on five surveys, three from 2006-07 and two from 2016, this study analyzes changes in the costs and benefits of overseas study, people’s motivations to return, and how those different motivations affected their satisfaction with their decision to return. Professor Zweig has been studying China’s reverse migration for almost 30 years and is working on a book on this subject.

David Zweig is Chair Professor, Division of Social Science and Director, Center on China’s Transnational Relations, HKUST. He is Vice-President of the Center on China’s Globalization (Beijing). He lived in China in 1974-76, 1980-81, 1986 and 1991-92, and has taught at HKUST since 1996. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Internationalizing China: domestic interests and global linkages and Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony.

Faculty host: Jean Hong (  
Speaker(s) Prof David Zweig
Division of Social Science, HKUST
Date 9 Apr 2019 (Tuesday)
Time 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Venue Room 3301 (via lifts 17-18), Academic Building, HKUST
Prof David Zweig
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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