How the Chinese Government’s Internationalization Agenda Affects Faculty and Students in Chinese Universities

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How the Chinese Government’s Internationalization Agenda Affects Faculty and Students in Chinese Universities

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Research Question

Ever since it reopened its doors, China has been using educational transformation as the primary mechanism to develop its soft power. China has harnessed the forces of globalization to help transform major Chinese universities into serious contenders for the global pool of students, faculty, and resources. In a bid to prepare its population for an increasingly interconnected world and to make their schools more competitive, China has added campus internationalization to its list of goals to be met by 2020. My research seeks to explain the mechanisms and actors driving internationalization education reforms in Chinese higher education as well as how institutional and governmental internationalization agendas affect faculty and students.

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Centennial Fellowship in Global Studies

Significance

The implications for this research are twofold, with both domestic and international significance. Within China itself, the theory stands that better quality institutions will produce better quality graduates with access to more employment opportunities and better salaries. If this chain of events occurs on a nationwide scale, the Chinese economy would stand to develop in response to increased demand and consumption. By facilitating the flow of information, knowledge, people, values, ideas, and goods and services, across national borders, globalization has had a profound impact on higher education. The increasing competitiveness of Chinese within the global education market will have direct repercussions on the international tertiary institution structures.

Methods Used

As part of my research, I will be interviewing students and faculty from the Harbin Institute of Technology in the summer of 2017.

Conclusions/Outcomes

This fieldwork will allow me to collect data to be used in the completion of my thesis for the Global and Area Studies Masters program.

Publication Date

2017

Disciplines

Education | Sociology

How the Chinese Government’s Internationalization Agenda Affects Faculty and Students in Chinese Universities

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