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The Higher Educational Transformation of China and Its Global Implications
The World Economy (2011)
  • Yao Amber Li, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • John Whalley, University of Western Ontario
  • Shunming Zhang
  • Xiliang Zhao, Xiamen University

This paper documents the major transformation of higher education that has been underway in China since 1999 and evaluates its potential global impacts. Reflecting China's commitment to continued high growth, this transformation focuses on major new resource commitments to tertiary education and significant changes in organizational form. All of these changes have already had large impacts on China's higher educational system and are beginning to be felt by the global educational structure. There are also implications for global trade both directly in ideas, and in idea derived products. This focus on tertiary education differentiates the Chinese case from other countries who instead stressed primary and secondary education at similar stages of development.

  • higher education,
  • China
Publication Date
April, 2011
Citation Information
Yao Amber Li, John Whalley, Shunming Zhang and Xiliang Zhao. "The Higher Educational Transformation of China and Its Global Implications" The World Economy Vol. 34 Iss. 4 (2011)
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