Concept of Cultural Differences Between Chinese and Western University Culture Based on the Idea of Isomerism

  • Chengen Li
  • Tieshan Hou
  • Liang ChangEmail author
Conference paper


Chinese higher education has entered the stage of connotative development, and the important status of university culture as the main position of university soft power construction is unceasingly highlighting. Chinese modern university, as an exotic adopted from western university system, is always the most violent domain of east-west cultural exchange and confrontation. For a long time, in the development of Chinese university culture, influence from western university system has always been an unavoidable confusion. Through analysis and comparison, the Chinese and western university cultures can be regarded as isomers, which is a concept based on chemistry, the differences and conflicts between which are the results of isomerism. Through the analysis of isomerism between the Chinese and western university cultures, this paper proposed and constructed the university culture “isomers model,” which provides a new research paradigm for the construction and development of Chinese characteristic university culture.


Chinese culture Western culture University cultures Isomer Cultural differences Paradigm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities and Social ScienceDalian University of TechnologyDalianLiaoning China
  2. 2.Faculty of Management and EconomicsDalian University of TechnologyDalianLiaoning China
  3. 3.School of Physics and optoelectronic TechnologyDalian University of TechnologyDalianLiaoning China

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