The Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) is inviting high-level business officials and professional personnel to apply for academic education programmes under the MOFCOM Scholarship-CSC Programme. 

MOFCOM established the MOFCOM Scholarship-CSC Programme to strengthen communication and cooperation between China and other countries as well as develop talent for developing countries.

MOFCOM offers two-year and three-year master’s programmes as well as three-year and four-year doctoral programmes for the purpose of educating high-end and inter-disciplinary talent working in the applied fields of government, trade, foreign affairs, agriculture, technology, education, culture and health, building intellectual capacity and facilitating the economic and social development of the recipient countries.

These programmes are fully conducted in English and target governmental officials, research fellows, and senior managerial personnel.

Wuhan University of Technology is one of the participating universities offering Master's and Doctoral Programmes. You can find all information about the related programmes and courses on

For detailed information on the various programmes offered, please visit the MOFCOM website: 

Degree Level

Master’s programme for 2-3 years or PhD programme for 3 years.


31 May 2024

Who can apply?

  • be a citizen of a developing country other than the People’s Republic of China; 
  • not be over 45 years old (born after 01 September 1979); 
  • be physically and mentally healthy (must be willing to provide a health certificate from a medical institution);
  • must not have severe high blood pressure, cardio-cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, psychological diseases or other infectious diseases that can affect the public's health adversely;
  • in acute illness or recovery from major surgery, with severe physical disabilities or be pregnant;
  • have three years of working experience;
  • for a master's degree, you must hold a bachelor's degree, and for a doctoral degree, you must have a master's degree;
  • must have a relevant educational background or work experience to the applied programme;
  • have the potential for career development in the chosen field, and intend to promote friendly exchanges and cooperation between South Africa and China;
  • priority will be given to applicants with prior relevant work/learning experience;
  • be a government official at middle or senior level, or researcher or administrator of academic institutions at middle or senior level; be public officials of division level and above (or corresponding level) in government sectors, or senior management staff of organizations and enterprises, or academic backbones of universities and research institutions;
  • be public officials (or people who hold a corresponding position) in government, or senior management staff in organizations and enterprises, or academic advisors in universities and research institutions
  • be proficient in English;
  • students who are studying in China or who have been accepted to other Chinese scholarship programmes cannot apply for this programme.

Fields of Study

Various fields of study are on offer at the Designated Universities. Please click on each programme below to access its recruitment brochures.

2024 List of MOFCOM Degree Education Programmes
No Programme University Academic Year Enrollment
Agency No. Start End
1 Master Programme in Public Policy Peking University 1 25 10001 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
2 Master Programme in Public Administration (National Development) Peking University 1-2 30 10001 01/09/2024 2025/8/31-2026/8/31
3 Doctoral Programme in Studies of National Development Peking University 3-4 40 10001 01/09/2024 2027/8/31-2028/8/31
4 Master Programme of  Urban and Rural Planning  Beijing Jiaotong University 2 20 10004 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
5 Master Programme on Traffic and Transportation Engineering Beijing Jiaotong University 2 20 10004 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
6 Master Programme of Forest Economics and Policy Beijing Forestry University 2 20 10022 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
7 Master Programme of Business Administration Beijing Normal University 1 45 10027 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
8 Master Programme of Educational Management and Policies Northeast Normal University 2 20 10200 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
9 Master Programme of Business Administration University of International Business and Economics 1 50 10036 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
10 Master Programme of Tourism and Hotel Management Harbin University of Commerce 2 30 10240 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
11 Master Programme of Industrial Engineering Hunan University 2 25 10532 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
12 Master Programme of Education East China Normal University 1 35 10269 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
13 Master Programme of Information and Communication Engineering Huazhong University of Science and Technology 2 45 10487 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
14 Master Programme of Public Diplomacy Jilin University 1 20 10183 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
15 Master Programme of International Business  Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics 2 30 10421 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
16 Master Programme of Public Health Southern Medical University 2 40 12121 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
17 Master Programme of Fishery Science Nanjing Agricultural University 2 20 10307 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
18 Master Programme of Auditing Nanjing Audit University 2 40 11287 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
19 Master Programme of Meteorology Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology 2 20 10300 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
20 Master Programme of Software Engineering Nankai University 2 45 10055 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
21 Master Programme of Public Administration in International Development and Governance Tsinghua University 2 15 10003 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
22 International Master Programme of Public Administration Tsinghua University 1 15 10003 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
23 Master Programme of Professional Accounting Programme Shanghai National Accounting Institute  2 30 80402 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
24 Master's Programme in Environmental Engineering Suzhou University of Science and Technology 2 25 10332 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
25 International Master Programme in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Tongji University 2 30 10247 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
26 Master Programme of International Relations China Foreign Affairs University 1 20 10040 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
27 Master Programme of International Law and Chinese Law Wuhan University 2 20 10486 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
28 Master Programme of Electrical Engineering Xi'an Jiaotong University 2 20 10698 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
29 Master Programme of Rail Transit Electrification and Information Technology Southwest Jiaotong University 2 15 10613 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
30 Master Programme of  Project Management Yunnan University of Finance & Economics 2 35 10689 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
31 Master Programme of Comparative Education Zhejiang Normal Universit 2 20 10345 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
32 Master Programme of International Communication Communication University of China 1 20 10033 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
33 Master Programme of Management (Rural Development and Management Studies) China Agricultural University 2 30 10019 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
34 Master Programme of Development and Governance Renmin University of China 2 15 10002 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
35 Master Programme of Social Work (Women's Leadership and Social Development) China Women's University 2 25 11149 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
36 Master Programme of Advanced Nursing Practice & Medical Techonology in Developing Countries Central South University 2 25 10533 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
37 Master's Degree Programme in Transportation Engineering(Rail Transportation Equipment) Central South University 2 25 10533 01/09/2024 31/08/2026
38 Master Programme of Public Administration In Chinese Governance Sun Yat-sen University 1 25 10558 01/09/2024 31/08/2025
39 MOFCOM Scholarship(CSC Programme) China Scholarship Council (CSC) 2-3/3-4 162/108 00010 01/09/2024 2026/8/31-2027/8/31


What the Scholarship offers

  • tuition waiver;
  • teaching material fee waiver;
  • research and survey fee (for group field trips, not for dissertation) waiver;
  • dissertation guidance fee waiver;
  • once-off resettlement fee: 3000RMB per person;
  • Monthly stipend: 
    • 36000RMB per year per master student;

    • 42000RMB per year per PhD student

  • on campus accommodation fee waiver
  • stipend:
    • 3000RMB (R6 594) per month per master student
    • 3500RMB (R7 692) per month per PhD student
  • free medical insurance
  • one-time round-trip international airfare for all the students, and round-trip international airfares for home visits (one time per year set at the end of an academic year);

Please note: Successful scholarship applicants will have to make provision for costs and all other related expenses not covered by the scholarship.

Application process

University application (refer to admission requirements for each university).

Scholarship application: 

You can complete the application form and submit yousupporting documents at or and click “Scholarship Application for Students”.

Applicants MUST also submit the application materials to the Chinese Embassy in South Africa to Miss Shu YANG (Second Secretary for Economic & Commercial Affairs) via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy in the Department of Higher Education and Training at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, 31 May 2024.

Application documents to include:

  • MOFCOM Scholarship Application form; 
  • Copies of bachelor’s degree certificate(s) and academic transcript(s);
  •  A Study Plan or Research Proposal, plus a resume including the educational background and working experience after high school;
  • Two recommendation letters one from the applicant’s current employer and one from academic perspective. Telephone numbers and email addresses of the referees must be included in the letters
  • Foreigner Physical Examination Form;
  • English proficiency certificates;
  • Copy of passport;
  • A non-criminal record. Should the non-criminal record report be delayed, applicants should submit an affidavit assuring they have not committed criminal acts while they wait for the official report to be issued

All documents must be scanned in the order above as one document.

Downloads and Links 

MOFCOM Academic Education Programme Guidelines

2024 Enrollment Guide

Chinese Scholarship Council Scholarship Application Website

Instructions of the CSC Online Application System for MOFCOM Scholarship

MOFCOM Physical Examination Form

List of MOFCOM Degree Education Programmes


For enquiries please contact the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in South Africa (Miss Shu YANG, Second Secretary for Economic & Commercial Affairs email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: +27-012 431 6785.


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the relevant professional bodies. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.