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Chinese Universities in the National Innovation System
Academic Entrepreneurship and Ecosystem

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ISBN 9780367858803
August 13, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
340 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book closely examines how universities and higher educational institutions have come to occupy a very significant position in the Chinese National Innovation System (NIS) in the last two decades. It looks at the growth, structure and current status of higher education in China and discusses how these world-class institutions are intimately intertwined with the rise of China in the global knowledge economy. It studies themes such as the impact of Chinese universities on industry, business enterprises and national development, relevance of higher education to policies related to climate change, reform measures to improve research intensity and quality of teaching, and internationalization and globalization of higher education. Based on sound empirical research, it also explores concepts like academic entrepreneurship, start-ups, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.


A key text on the Chinese education sector, the book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of higher education, Chinese studies, science, technology and innovation studies, business economics and management, academic entrepreneurship, and public policy.

Table of Contents

1. Universities in the National Innovation Systems:  China and Asia-Pacific Experiences  2. Organization, Structure and Growth of Higher Education in China  3. State Mediation, Role of Policies and Strategies in Higher Education, 1978-2020  4. Universities in China’s National Innovation System: Impact on Quadruple Helices  5. Internationalization, Talent Mobility and Developing World Class Universities  6. Academic Entrepreneurship in China  7. Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: S&T Parks, Policies, TTOs, Start-Ups and Other Actors  8. 4.0 Industrial Revolution, Disruptive Innovation and its Impact on University Education

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Yi Gaofeng is the Director, Office of Humanities and Social Sciences at Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, China.  He graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University as a Doctor of Management Science and Engineering and continued postdoctoral research at Zhejiang University. He was previously Visiting Academic Scholar at Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester, UK. He is one of the leading scholars in the field of business management and university governance and university-industry linkages in China. He has over 10 years of teaching and research experience in these fields of research. He has various publications on the topic of university-industry relations.


Venni V Krishna is Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Australia in 2019. He is a leading scholar with over 30 years research and teaching experience in the fields of science, technology and society studies, research and innovation in higher education in the Asia Pacific region, sociology of science and technology and inclusive innovation. He is the author of Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Experiences from Asia-Pacific (2018).  He is also Editor in Chief of Science, Technology and Society.


Xinpei Zhang is Institutional Researcher at the Office of Strategic Planning, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. She was a visiting scholar at the School of Education, University of California, Davis,USA during 2013-2014. Her current research focuses on university innovation ecosystems, university development strategy, institutional research and think tank organization. She has published papers and books in leading journals and press in the fields of higher education. She has obtained competitive research grants from the Ministry of Education of China.


Yuheng Jiang obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and currently works in Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Education, Fujian Province, China. His current research focuses on university innovation ecosystems and the social reputation of research-oriented universities. He has published papers in leading Chinese journals and obtained competitive research grants from National Science Foundation of China.