Higher Education in China

Haizheng Li

in American Universities in a Global Market

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226110448
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226110455 | DOI:
Higher Education in China

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This chapter addresses questions regarding the prospects for higher education in China, focusing on its influences on American universities. The modern Chinese higher education system was greatly influenced by those of foreign countries. The country's higher education first followed the Japanese system and then the American model. China's higher education has been growing rapidly since the beginning of economic reforms, made possible with the resources generated by rapid economic growth. A final challenge is still the central planning administrative system for higher education. Unlike much of the economy, which is in transition toward a market system, the higher education system in China is still largely centrally planned. Government intervention is observed in almost every aspect of teaching and research in universities. The large number of Chinese students in the United States makes it impossible to ignore the impact of the development of China's higher education system on American universities. Therefore, although higher education in China will continue to expand, for the foreseeable future a large portion of the best students from Chinese universities will still go to the United States to further their education. In this sense, Chinese universities are a complement to American universities.

Keywords: higher education; Chinese universities; American universities; complement; economic reforms

Chapter.  14372 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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