Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities

In the Move to Mass Higher Education

  • Authors
  • Ruth Hayhoe
  • Jun Li
  • Jing Lin
  • Qiang Zha

Part of the CERC Studies in Comparative Education book series (CERC, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
    1. Ruth Hayhoe
      Pages 1-18
  2. Overview and Main Themes

  3. Portraits of Three Public Comprehensive Universities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 94-94
    2. Ruth Hayhoe, Qiang Zha, Yan Fengqiao
      Pages 95-130
    3. Jun Li, Jing Lin, Gong Fang
      Pages 131-161
    4. Ruth Hayhoe, Qiang Zha, Xie Zuxu
      Pages 162-189
  4. Portraits of Three Education-Related Universities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 190-190
    2. Ruth Hayhoe, Qiang Zha, Li Mei
      Pages 192-220
    3. Jun Li, Jing Lin, Liu Yibing
      Pages 221-243
  5. Portraits of Three Science and Technology Universities

  6. Portraits of Three Private Universities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 372-372
  7. Conclusion and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 450-450
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 472-483

About this book


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.


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