This article is a case study of Tsinghua University, one of China's most influential universities, which has special national significance and strong political ties to the state. Recalling three chapters in the past century of Tsinghua's history, this paper gives an interpretive understanding of how the intertwined relationship between academia and officialdom has acted as a double-edged sword in shaping the University's autonomy. It shows an interesting interplay between the university and the state, revealing the mechanisms of the state's control over the university, and the strategies adopted by the university to gain relative freedom. The article concludes by explaining how, in the context of China, an individual university can contend with the state's power to strive for its own autonomy. Copyright © 2007 International Association of Universities.
CitationPan, S.-Y. (2007). Intertwining of academia and officialdom and university autonomy: Experience from Tsinghua University in China. Higher Education Policy, 20(2), 121-144. doi: 10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300149
- University autonomy
- Institutional policy-making
- The state