Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities

In the Move to Mass Higher Education


Ruth Hayhoe, Jun Li, Jing Lin, and Qiang Zha

ISBN : 978-988-17852-3-7

Education Distributed for The University of Hong Kong

April 2011

504 pages, 6.5″ x 9.5″

  • HK$300.00

This book examines the ways in which China’s universities have changed in the dramatic move to a mass stage which has unfolded since the late 1990s. Twelve universities in different regions of the country are portrayed through the eyes of their students, faculty and leaders.

The book begins with the national level policy process around the move to mass higher education. This is followed by an analysis of the views of 2,300 students on the 12 campuses about how the changes have affected their learning experiences and civil society involvement. The 12 portraits in the next section are of three comprehensive universities, three education-related universities, three science and technology universities, and three newly emerging private universities. The final chapter sketches the contours of an emerging Chinese model of the university, and explores its connections to China’s longstanding scholarly traditions.

Ruth Hayhoe is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Jun Li is an assistant professor in international education policy at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Jing Lin is a professor of international education policy at University of Maryland, College Park. Qiang Zha is an assistant professor at York University.