Jul 4, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

China’s best and brightest want to stay in China, a new survey from Universum says.   Universum surveyed about 80,000 students from 110 Chinese universities. 

Why?  Opportunity.

CNN Money reports that William Wu, Universum’s country manager for China says that local companies are growing faster and perceived as innovative.

He said, “In that sense, the international companies do not have a clear advantage anymore.”  He added, “There are more good employers on the market now, and they’re not just international brands.” 

Many Chinese grads aim to work at the country’s big tech companies.  The Alibaba Group and Huawei are the top two choices for business students, followed by Bank of China, EY, and PWC as the most attractive employers for China’s newest business graduates. 

Those who don’t have their sights set high on China’s biggest companies say that they want to work for a startup—or start something of their own.  In fact, 19 percent of students say that that’s the path they plan to follow.

Learn more about studying business in China

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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