The new independent higher education institutions in China: Dilemmas and challenges

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Abstract

One impact of globalisation has been the expansion of higher education to meet changing current socio-economic and political requirements. This expansion places considerable stress on the public purse and many states have turned to alternative solutions. In China, a new phenomenon has emerged: independent higher education institutions that complement public and private institutions in helping to cater for the expanded numbers of students. These independent institutions are formed through partnerships between existing institutions and the business sector. After analysing the political, socio-economic and cultural contexts that shape the policy of developing independent institutions, this paper explores the dilemmas and challenges that have arisen at the implementation level and critiques some of the solutions that have been found. Copyright © 2010 The Author. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Zhang, L., & Adamson, B. (2011). The new independent higher education institutions in China: Dilemmas and challenges. Higher Education Quarterly, 65(3), 251-266, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2273.2011.00486.x
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-266
JournalHigher Education Quarterly
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

Citation

Zhang, L., & Adamson, B. (2011). The new independent higher education institutions in China: Dilemmas and challenges. Higher Education Quarterly, 65(3), 251-266.

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