A major transformation of Chinese higher education (HE) has taken place over the past decade - China has reshaped its higher education sector from elite to mass education with the number of graduates having quadrupled to three million a year over six years. China is exceptional among lower income countries in using tertiary education as a development strategy on such a scale, aiming to improve the quality of its graduates, and make HE available to as many of its citizens as possible.
This book provides a critical examination the challenges to the development and sustainability of higher education in China: 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? What are the prospects for collaboration in research? This book 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 ongoing international financial crisis.
"This well-rounded volume provides many important insights into issues of concern in the aftermath of China's dramatic expansion to a mass system of higher education, between 1999 and 2006... A great deal of attention has been given to China's dramatic move to mass higher education in recent years, but this valuable collection takes us beyond that, with its focus on the subsequent challenges of quality, sustainability, and integration into the global higher education community... A careful reading will be most rewarding for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of China's global role and engage with Chinese higher education in mutually beneficial collaboration." - Ruth Hayhoe, professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; China Review International
"To date, this is the most comprehensive book published in English documenting and analysing the different dimensions of the massification of higher education in China, as well as its background, challenges, and societal and economic consequences." - Yuzhuo Cai, University of Tampere
Series: China Policy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 29th March 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1