Creating world-class universities in China : Governance reforms and unintended consequences at a normal university

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In recent years, China has been committed to promoting a number of universities and disciplines to enter the forefront of the world. The central government has implemented the "Double First-Class" initiative, and local governments have successively promulgated corresponding support policies. With the reform of the external governance model of Chinese higher education, Chinese universities are promoting the reform of internal governance. This research investigates that after a local normal university was selected as a national “first-class discipline” construction university and a high-level university in Guangdong Province as a whole, it has carried out activities including the establishment of a departmental system and a first-class discipline special zone, target performance management, and adjustment of resource allocation models, and analyze the unintended impact of these reforms on the disciplines structure, the proportion of teaching and scientific research, and the construction of teaching staff in the case universities. While the government and society strengthen the control of colleges and universities through university ranking and China Discipline Evaluation (CDE), they cannot ignore the deconstruction and “manipulation” of the evaluation index system by colleges and universities, as well as the potential risks of the convergence and development of colleges and universities.
Period28 Apr 2022
Event titleHERA 2022 Conference: Mass Higher Education After Pandemic in East Asia: Policy, Diversity, and Social & Human Contribution
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational