Ideas and Universities Seminar: Enter the Dragon? China’s Higher Education Returns to the World Community

Rui Yang
Faculty of Education
University of Hong Kong

April 20, 2009
8:00 AM –  9:30 AM
The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street

This event is free and open to the public.

In the coming decade, Peking University aims to achieve world-class status as an international research institution. However, the institution has encountered a fundamental issue: successful adaptation of the European-American education system to China has resulted in a lack of continuity with the traditional Chinese spirit of higher learning. A 2004 plan to reform the university’s faculty appointment and promotion systems received strong responses, was hotly debated, and brought the complexity of the issue to the fore.

Professor Yang’s presentation will include a review of the historical achievements of Peking University, examine the appointment and promotion plan as a case study, and locate the university’s contemporary reforms in their historical and international contexts. The chapter being presented aims to capture, with due regard for the cultural and social issues at hand, China’s experience as its higher education institutions re-enter the world community.

This presentation is part of the Ideas and Universities International Video Seminar Series and is made available on the UW–Madison campus thanks to funding and support from the UW-Madison Division of International Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol (UK) , the Worldwide Universities Network, WISCAPE, and UW–Madison’s School of Education International Education Committee.

In-person attendance at the Pyle Center viewing site is strongly encouraged to ensure your opportunity to interact and discuss with other participants locally and internationally. However, for those unable to attend, WUN usually offers a live webcast of the event which can be accessed through the Ideas and Universities Seminar Series website.