Confucius Institutes on the Global Stage: International Partnerships with a Confucian Mission for What?

Speaker: Li Jun
Chair: Mark Bray

12:45 -14:00, Tuesday 8 September 2015
Runme Shaw 204

In recent decades, Chinese universities have been used as a major vehicle for international aid and collaboration, distinct from that commonly used by such international donors as the US, Japan, UK and Canada. This seminar will look at China’s model with critical reflections on Confucius Institutes (CIs) in general and China-Africa cooperation in particular, based on data collected from both developed and developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Eu-rope and Oceania.
The seminar will examine key dimensions of the Chinese model. It will include focus on rationales, modalities and outcomes in the setting of partnerships between Chinese uni-versities and their partners with a comparative case study approach. It will also reflect on international policy in higher education and its role in fostering global cultural dialogue.
LI Jun has recently joined HKU as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Ed-ucation. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA), and a Past-President of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK). He has written four single-authored books, including A Histo-ry of Chinese Thought on Education (Shanghai People’s Press, 1998), and a new monograph China’s Quest for World-Class Teacher Education: A Mul-tiperspectival Approach on the Chinese Model of Policy Implementa-tion (Springer, forthcoming 2016), in addition to around 70 journal articles and book chapters in English, Chinese and Japanese.