Portraits of 21st Century Chinese Universities: In the Move to Mass Higher Education

Ruth Hayhoe, Jun Li, Jing Lin, Qiang Zha
April 2011; 483 pages

ISBN 978-988-1785-23-7

HK$200 (local), US$28 (overseas)

Published by Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC) and Springer


This book received the 2nd place in the 3rd Annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Higher Education Special Interest Group (HE-SIG) Best in Books for the academic year 2011-2012!

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.