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17.04. Is There an Emerging Chinese “Model” of the University? Reflections on the Facts and Discourses [Perspektiven der Moderne]

On April 17, the FIW lecture series ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹ starts again. The first lecture by Prof. Qiang Zha, York University, Canada, will focus on an emerging Chinese "model" of the university.

17.04. Is There an Emerging Chinese “Model” of the University? Reflections on the Facts and Discourses [Perspektiven der Moderne]

The Global Diversity of Universities in the 21st Century

We would like to cordially invite you to the lecture ›Is There an Emerging Chinese “Model” of the University? Reflections on the Facts and Discourses‹ by Prof. Qiang Zha, Faculty of Education, York University, Canada, on April 17th.

It will be the first lecture of the series ›The Global Diversity of Universities in the 21st Century‹, organized by the Department of Science Studies, which aims to start a discussion about the diversity of universities in the world society in the 21st century beyond the international rankings. For that matter experts from various types of universities around the world will report daily challenges and experiences of those universities that are important for their regional and national context or fulfil specific functions but are not primarily focusing on the global competition race. In other words, it focuses on those universities that are not playing in the first league, yet carry various important traditions and play a tremendous role for millions of students and lecturers.

The lecture will take place on April 17 at 6 p.m., at Bonner Universitätsforum (Heussallee 18-24), room 0.109.

 

Abstract: Against the backdrop of China’s dramatic economic growth, Chinese higher education has caught the world’s attention with the bold move of simultaneously pushing for rapid enrollment growth, constituting new governance structures, and seeking to build world-class universities. This, in turn, propels a discourse that there is an emerging Chinese model of the university. Certainly, the rich tradition and culture of higher learning in China add to rigor of this discourse. In the meantime, there are other discourses that challenge the perspective that advocates a Chinese model.

This presentation attempts to provide an analytical overview of the discussions on this theme. This overview is further framed by a discussion of the definition of a university model. Furthermore, and specific to Chinese universities, two important topics are taken into account, namely, equality/equity and internationalization in higher education, which in turn contribute to a robust as well as critical analysis of this discourse.

 

 

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