CERC Studies in Comparative Education

Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities:

In the Move to Mass Higher Education

Authors: Hayhoe, R., Li, J., Lin, J., Zha, Q.

  • The views of contemporary students in Chinese universities on democracy, equity and civil society are presented, from a survey of over 2300 students
  • 12 contemporary universities in all parts of the country, including three private universities are depicted, including their vision and mission, their orientation to the world and the innovations in curriculum and research
  • Photos of favourite campus buildings and spaces, chosen by university leaders, faculty and students, are presented in each chapter – giving a lively sense of the habitat of contemporary universities in China
  • Government policy making for education at the national and provincial levels, and the role of senior scholars in the process is portrayed
  • Chinese civilization and Confucian values are made concrete through the drama of the stories of these universities, their famous scholars and leaders and their visions for contributing to global well being
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This book examines the ways in which China’s universities have changed in the dramatic move to a mass stage which has unfolded since the late 1990s. Twelve universities in different regions of the country are portrayed through the eyes of their students, faculty and leaders.

The book begins with the national level policy process around the move to mass higher education. This is followed by an analysis of the views of 2,300 students on the 12 campuses about how the changes have affected their learning experiences and civil society involvement. The 12 portraits in the next section are of three comprehensive universities, three education-related universities, three science and technology universities, and three newly emerging private universities. The final chapter sketches the contours of an emerging Chinese model of the university, and explores its connections to China’s longstanding scholarly traditions

About the authors

Ruth Hayhoe is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Jun Li is an assistant professor in international education policy at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Jing Lin is a professor of international education policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Qiang Zha is an assistant professor at York University.

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From the reviews:

“This volume is the result of a multi-year research project on the state of Chinese higher education in the first decade of the twenty-first century. … The institutional portraits, when combined, provide a good picture of the state of higher education in China today. … be of interest to scholars of contemporary China with interests far beyond the specifics of higher education.” (Kathryn Mohrman, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 87 (1), March, 2014)

“Hayhoe, Jun, Jing and Qiang have put together an excellent volume on Chinese universities. As a scholar whose research has not focused on this area in the past, I found the volume extremely informative. … The volume also did an excellent job of sketching out the direction of higher education as a whole in China and the prospects for a Chinese university model. … highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a quick overview of challenges and possibilities for higher education in China.” (John Allison, International Review of Education, Vol. 58, 2012)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction and Acknowledgements

    Hayhoe, Ruth

    Pages 1-18

  • Understanding China’s Move to Mass Higher Education from a Policy Perspective

    Zha, Qiang

    Pages 20-57

  • Equity, Institutional Change and Civil Society – The Student Experience in China’s Move to Mass Higher Education

    Li, Jun

    Pages 58-93

  • Peking University – Icon of Cultural Leadership

    Hayhoe, Ruth (et al.)

    Pages 95-130

  • Nanjing University – Redeeming the Past by Academic Merit

    Li, Jun (et al.)

    Pages 131-161

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Hardcover $239.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2788-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities:
Book Subtitle
In the Move to Mass Higher Education
Authors
Series Title
CERC Studies in Comparative Education
Series Volume
30
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2789-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2789-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2788-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 488
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