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Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice

1st Edition

Edited by Bin Wu, John Morgan


160 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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In place of a distributive justice perspective which focuses simply on equal access to universities, this book presents a broader understanding of the relationship between Chinese higher education and economic and social change. The necessity for research on the place of universities in contemporary Chinese society may be seen from current debates about and policy towards issues of educational inequality at Chinese universities. Many questions arise as a consequence: What are the limitations of neo-liberalism in higher education policy and what are the alternatives? How has the Chinese government met the challenges of educational inequality, and what lessons may be learned from its recent initiatives? How may higher education enhance social justice in Chinese society given economic, social, and cultural inequality? What may be learned from the experience of Macau, Hong Kong, and of Taiwan in terms of achieving social justice in Chinese universities? These questions are considered by a group of leading scholars from both inside and outside China.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Chinese higher education and social justice: The capabilities approach Zhen Li and John Lowe 2. Social justice through financial support at China's universities: A student survey in Shaanxi Province Bin Wu and Bernadette Robinson 3. Employment equality at China's universities: Perceptions of income distribution among university teachers in Beijing Junfu Li, Bin Wu and W. John Morgan 4. The career prospects of university graduates from urban families: A cultural perspective Dian Liu and Yanbi Hong 5. Moving to find a job: Chinese masters’ degree graduates and internal migration Fengliang Li, Yandong Zhao and W. John Morgan 6. Residential colleges as living-learning communities in China: Some recent developments Kai-yan Choi 7. Adult higher and continuing education in mainland China and in Hong Kong: Social justice or user pays? Ning Rong Liu and John Cribbin 8. Social justice and higher education financing in Hong Kong Peter P Yuen, Ngok Lee, Stephanie W Lee and Jason K Y Chan 9. Taiwanese adult learners with self-regulated learning difficulties: The social justice perspective Cheng-Yen Wang

About the Editors

Bin Wu is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK.

W. John Morgan is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK, and an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, UK.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies