In China’s shadow on the westward road? Global university rankings and Eurasian academic anxieties

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Abstract

The post-Soviet Eurasians can easily relate to China’s transformation strategies, given the similarities in their shared discourse and practice championed by the Soviet university model. However, they are also cognizant of the dilemmas that accompany global academic competition, with its demanding standards and international audits. Drawing on insights from scholarly publications, policy reports, expert interviews in research universities in China and Russia, and expert communities in Kazakhstan and Mongolia, this paper employs critical discourse analysis to examine how the reinterpretation and reengagement of the Soviet political, economic, and educational legacies contributes to mitigating anxieties in the Eurasian higher education when it is trying to catch up with the Chinese progress in global university rankings. The paper argues that China has significant impact in the like-minded intellectual space (especially in Russia), when political forces seek to redefine the global hierarchy of knowledge development for defiance of Western hegemony. Copyright © 2019 CHER.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
EventThe 2nd IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research: Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Duration: 08 Nov 201910 Nov 2019
https://cher-hongkong.iafor.org/

Conference

ConferenceThe 2nd IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research: Hong Kong
Abbreviated titleCHER-HongKong2019
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
Period08/11/1910/11/19
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Citation

Oleksiyenko, A. (2019, November). In China’s shadow on the westward road? Global university rankings and Eurasian academic anxieties. Paper presented at The 2nd IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research: Hong Kong (CHER-HongKong2019), Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

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