Foreign Students Take Loans as University Scholarships Not Given


Pakistani students studying at a university in China have complained they are forced to take loans as they have not been paid the scholarships since their admissions in Sept 2019.

In a written complaint sent to this reporter from China, several students studying MS and PhD courses and wishing not to be named stated that they had been enrolled at the Shandong Normal University under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Scholarship Programme through the Frontier Education Foundation (FEF).

They said a total of 32 students from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (18 in MS and 14 in PhD courses) were admitted to the varsity. However, they complained that despite passage of four months since they got admitted they had not been paid the scholarships.

They said though it was a fully-funded scholarship programme, each student had paid 1,500 Ren Min Bi (RMB), in the first week as visa and dormitory security fees.