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Higher Education Reform in China

Authors:
Morgan, W.John
Bin, Wu

ISBN:
978 0 415 56413 7
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
240
List price(s):
130.00 USD
80.00 GBP

Publication date:
15 December 2010

Short description: 

A major transformation of Chinese higher education (HE) has taken place. China is exceptional among lower income countries in using tertiary education as a development strategy on such a scale. This book evaluates the prospects for Chinese and foreign HE providers, regulators and other stakeholders.

Full description: 

A major transformation of Chinese higher education (HE) has taken place over the past decade, with the number of graduates from China's higher education institutions having quadrupled over the past six years to three million a year. China is exceptional among lower income countries in using tertiary education as a development strategy on such a scale. Its aim is to not only improve the quality of its graduates, but also make HE available to as many of its citizens as possible. But has China got its policies right? Can its universities move from quantity to quality? How will so many graduates find jobs in line with their expectations? Can Britain and other western countries continue to benefit from China's education boom? And what are the prospects for collaboration in research? This book provides a critical examination of these issues and other issues, and evaluates the prospects for Chinese and foreign HE providers, regulators and other stakeholders. It introduces the key changes in China's HE programme since the Opening-Up policy in 1978 and analyses the achievements and the challenges over the subsequent three decades. Furthermore, it sheds light on new reforms that are likely to take place in the future, particularly as a result of the current international financial crisis.

Table of contents: 

Part One: Economics, Structure and Performance. Chapter 1: Thirty Years of Reform in China's Higher Education Funding Mechanism Dr LI, Fengliang, Assistant Professor, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and Professor DING Xiaohao, Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Beijing, China. Chapter 2: The Similarity of Chinese Universities in Disciplinary Structure: An analysis of its trend, dynamics and consequences Chen, Aijun, Professor, Xian University of Technology, and WU Bin, Senior Research Fellow, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham. Chapter 3: The Labour Market for Graduates in China Professor DING Xiaohao, Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Beijing, China, Dr LI, Fengliang, Assistant Professor, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and Professor W. John Morgan, UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education Research, University of Nottingham, UK. Chapter 4: The attitudes and morale of Chinese academics in Sciences and Technology Professor ZHAO, Yandong, Institute of Science, Technology and Society, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development, Beijing, China Part Two: Building a Wider Provision. Chapter 5: The Regional Unevenness of China's Allocation of Higher Education resources: Its origin, status and consequences Professor Chen, Aijun, Xian University of Technology Dr WU, Bin, University of Nottingham, and Wang, Xiaochui, Research Associate, Xian University of Technology. Chapter 6: The Problems and Potential of University Adult Higher Education in China Dr WANG, Naixia, Research Associate, UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education Research and China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK. Chapter 7: The Role of China's Radio and Television University Special Professor Bernadette Robinson, UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education Research, University of Nottingham, UK, Professor Shukun, Mo, Inner Mongolia Provincial Radio and TV University, and Associate Professor Yan Shuoqin, China Central Radio and TV University, Beijing, China. Chapter 8: Private higher education in China: Problems and possibilities Dr LI, Fengliang, Assistant Professor, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Professor W. John Morgan, UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education Research, University of Nottingham, UK. Chapter 9: Higher education and Teacher Professional Education in the Context of China's Curriculum Reform Dr Janette Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Education, Monash University, Australia. Part Three: External Influences. Chapter 10: Education Reform in Hong Kong: Some implications for higher education and lifelong learning Dr John Cribbin, School of Professional and Continuing Education, University of Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, China. Chapter 11: Studying in a Foreign Context: Chinese students' experiences in British Higher Education Dr GU, Qing, Senior Research Fellow, UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education Research, University of Nottingham. Chapter 12: Concluding Remarks Professor W. J. Morgan and Dr WU Bin. Select Bibliography. Index.

Biography: 

W. John Morgan is Professor at the UNESCO Centre for Comparative Education Research, University of Nottingham, UK. Wu Bin is Senior Research Fellow at the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK.

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