Aug 22, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In its debut at a Hong Kong education expo, the west Asian nation of Georgia wants to attract more Chinese students.

At this year’s expo, the University of Georgia set up a booth at the Convention and Exhibition Center.  The event hosts 93 exhibitors and has over 4,000 attendees, a significant population.

Georgia wants to capitalize on China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” – a global trade plan that links economies across Asia. 

In an article in the South China Morning Post, Giorgi Imedashvili, head of the University of Georgia’s international students office, said, that China’s  trade plan would help Chinese students learn more about Georgia.   He said that the exposure the plan would bring is “important because we’re a very small country and half the world does not know about us.”

His goal is to boost the number of Chinese students in the former Soviet country, and to persuade parents and students to consider the University of Georgia as a viable study abroad option.

Georgia isn’t on many Chinese students’ lists at the expo—and it’s because Georgia has never before been to the expo. 

Top destinations of Chinese students?  The UK, the US, Australia, and Canada. 

Imedashvili acknowledged that the University of Georgia might not see a big influx of Chinese students this year, but is confident that “belt and road” countries like his will attract more Chinese students over time.

His selling point for Chinese students?  Safety. 

Learn more about studying in Georgia.


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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