The Higher Educational Transformation of China and its Global Implications

30 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2011

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Yao Amber Li

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - School of Business and Management, Department of Economics; HKUST IEMS (Institute for Emerging Market Studies)

John Whalley

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI)

Shunming Zhang

Xiamen University - School of Economics

Xiliang Zhao

Xiamen University

Abstract

This paper discusses the major transformation of higher education that has been under way in China since 1999 and evaluates its potential global implications. Reflecting China’s commitment to continued high growth, this transformation focuses on major new resource commitments to tertiary education and significant changes in organisational form. All of these changes have already had large impacts on China’s higher educational system and are beginning to be felt by the global educational structure. This focus on tertiary education differentiates the Chinese case from other countries who earlier at similar stages of development instead stressed primary and secondary education.

Suggested Citation

Li, Yao Amber and Whalley, John and Zhang, Shunming and Zhao, Xiliang, The Higher Educational Transformation of China and its Global Implications. The World Economy, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 516-545, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1802928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9701.2011.01344.x

Yao Amber Li

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - School of Business and Management, Department of Economics; HKUST IEMS (Institute for Emerging Market Studies) ( email )

Department of Economics, Hong Kong U of Sci&Tech
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China
Kowloon
Hong Kong

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John Whalley (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Shunming Zhang

Xiamen University - School of Economics ( email )

Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

Xiliang Zhao

Xiamen University

Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

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