Despite radical and fundamental reform of the Chinese higher education system, very little is known about this outside China. The past decade has seen radical reform of all levels of China’s education system as it attempts to meet changing economic and social needs and aspirations: this has included transformation of university curricula, pedagogy and evaluation measures, rapidly increasing joint research and degree programmes between Chinese universities and universities abroad, and very large numbers of Chinese students studying at universities outside China.
This book describes the historical, cultural, intellectual and contemporary background and contexts of the reform and internationalisation of higher education in China. It discusses these changes, outlines the challenges posed by the changes for university administrators, faculty, researchers, students and those working with Chinese academics and students in China and abroad, and assesses the impact, and evaluates the success, of the changes. Most importantly, it considers how this mobility of people and ideas across educational systems and cultures can contribute to new ways of working and understanding between Western and Chinese academic cultures.
The book is a companion to Education Reform in China, which focuses on reform at the early childhood, primary and secondary levels.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Janette Ryan Part I: Internationalisation and reform of China’s higher education: Structures and policies 1. Enter the Dragon: The internationalisation of China’s higher education system - Anthony Welch and Hongxing Cai 2. Chinese ways of thinking in the transformation of China’s higher education system - Rui Yang 3. Reform and development of teaching assessment in China’s higher education institutions - Fang Hongqin Part II: Reform and internationalisation: Programmes and pedagogies 4. Preparing for the 21st Century: Liberal Education and undergraduate educational reform at Sun Yat-sen University - Leslie Stone 5. Cross cultural team teaching in China: A retrospective view - Gordon Slethaug 6. Transition in Chinese -- British Higher Education articulation programmes: Closing the gap between East and West? - Jinxia Hou, Catherine Montgomery and Liz McDowell Part III: International education: Experiences and expectations 7. Understanding Chinese international students at a Canadian university: Perspectives, expectations, and experiences - Zuochen Zhang and George Zhou 8. Studying in a foreign context: Chinese students’ experiences in British higher education - Qing Gu 9. Chinese international students in Australia: Creating new knowledge and identities - Janette Ryan and Rosemary Viete Part IV: Intercultural education: Values and motivations 10. Overcoming the cultural challenges in supervising Chinese research students in Australia - Mona Chung and Richard Ingleby 11. The hidden curriculum: A critical analysis of tertiary English teaching in China - Phiona Stanley 12. Costs and benefits of international education: Chinese Masters students at the University of Oxford - Zhou Tinghua 13. Chinese students studying abroad: The role of parents' investment in their children's education - Wang Shaohua Notes on Contributors Index
Janette Ryan is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her publications include International Education and the Chinese Learner.