Transnational higher education and challenges for university governance in China

Kok Chung ONG, David Kin Keung CHAN

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

19 Citations (Scopus)


Higher education in China is currently undergoing a process of re-orientation. This paper focuses specifically on the development of transnational higher education (TNHE) in China over the last decade, as well as its implications for university governance. Major features of TNHE programmes in China will be explored, and a corresponding typology will be presented. We argue that in the face of the fast expanding activities of TNHE, the common irregularities in programme operation, and the less effective and efficient mechanism of quality assurance, may well be the major challenges for university governance in China. Structural reform in university governance is desirable, particularly in terms of empowering the non-public sector in Chinese higher education and of separating the role of the Party from academic administration. Copyright © 2012 International Association of Universities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-170
JournalHigher Education Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


Ong, K. C. & Chan, D. K. K. (2012). Tactics of interventions: Student mobility and human capital building in Singapore. Higher Education Policy, 25(2), 151-170.


  • University governance
  • Cooperation
  • China
  • Higher education
  • Transnational higher education


Dive into the research topics of 'Transnational higher education and challenges for university governance in China'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.