How China makes it possible for a German to study ancient Indian math in its university

China’s economic growth is not an overnight success story. It has taken a few decades of planning and focus.

A German national researching on ancient Indian mathematics in a Chinese university is far from accidental. In the realm of higher education, China has played its cards very wisely; almost like a sage.

This has been the hallmark of a sound, long-term policy that China has pursued to raise its standards of higher education.

This endeavour was facilitated by state support and was a direct consequence of a centralised policy to encourage and recruit young mathematicians from the western world, not necessarily of Chinese origin, to work in China on fairly generous terms.