Higher Education

, Volume 70, Issue 3, pp 605–607 | Cite as

Robert A. Rhoads, Xiaoyang Wang, Xiaoguang Shi, Yongcai Chang: China’s rising research universities: a new era of global ambition

Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2014, 206 pp
  • Xiaohua Zong
Book Review

In recent years, China’s research universities are rising rapidly in international league tables, with two universities, Peking and Tsinghua, entering in the world’s top 50 according to the latest Times Higher Education ranking. The rise of the China’s research universities is related to the government’s intensive investment in a small number of research universities, such as Projects 211 and 985. Along with the investment are requirements and the pressure from the government to build world-class universities, the universities’ commitment, and the unprecedented reform they initiated. Nevertheless, both China and the international community lack systematic reflection on the profound changes China is undergoing in the process of building world-class universities regarding organizational culture and academic ecology, especially in faculty life.

This book completed by the collaboration of four scholars from the USA and China has bridged the gap in time. The book employed the method of case...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of EducationNanjing UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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