A critical review of the history, achievements and impacts of China's quest for world-class university status

Research output: Book Chapters | Papers in Conference ProceedingsBook ChapterResearchpeer-review

Abstract

The rise of Chinese higher education institutions (HEIs) in various global rankings in the last decade has been well documented. The quest for world-class university status is viewed by the Chinese government as a means to elevate the world recognition of Chinese HEIs and to improve national competitiveness. This development is characterised by a sharp increase in scientific paper publication, investment in research and development (R&D), and international collaboration. This chapter starts with a historical review of the call to create Chinese world-class universities, with particular reference to major national policies and strategies since the 1990s for building top research universities in China. It then discusses the achievements and challenges faced by Chinese HEIs after various measures had been implemented to enhance global rankings. Finally, the chapter discusses the impact of University rankings on university governance, teaching and student learning, and the academic procession and tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on University Rankings : Theory, Methodology, Influence and Impact
EditorsEllen HAZELKORN, Georgiana MIHUT
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Chapter27
Pages366-382
ISBN (Electronic)9781788974981
ISBN (Print)9781788974974
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2021

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'A critical review of the history, achievements and impacts of China's quest for world-class university status'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this