1st Edition

Higher Education and China’s Global Rise A Neo-tributary Perspective

By Su-Yan Pan, Joe Tin Yau Lo Copyright 2018
    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the rise of China’s global profile in the international higher education community, as indicated by its rise of human capital, visibility in academic publications, world university ranking, expanding international cultural influence, and becoming a study-abroad destination of international students. It identifies the diplomatic role of higher education in China’s politico-economic development over a century, and how the role has been shaped by China’s self-identity as a great power in the world. 

    Higher Education and China's Global Rise provides an understanding of linkage between higher education and China’s international influence, and a scholarly discussion of what Chinese higher education tells about China’s international relations, especially the aims, means, and nature of China’s rise as a global power. It will help to broaden perspectives surrounding debate about China’s rise that is currently dominated by Western international relations theory and comparative higher education discourses.


    1. Chapter 1: Introduction: China’s rise, neo-tributary, and educational diplomacy
    2. Chapter 2: Understanding China as a rising power: theoretical lenses
    3. Chapter 3: Chinese views of the world and missions of higher education
    4. Chapter 4: The politics of Sino-Western educational exchange
    5. Chapter 5: Cultural assimilation into Chinese norms of higher education
    6. Chapter 6: Making discursive legitimacy for moral leadership in power
    7. Chapter 7: Paradoxical issues in educational diplomacy 
    8. Chapter 8: Conclusion



    Su-Yan Pan is an associate professor at the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Education University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include China studies, international relations, international academic mobility, higher education, and citizenship education. Her recent publications have appeared in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Comparative Education Review, The Pacific Review, Journal of Studies in International Education, Journal of Education Policy, and Higher Education Policy.

    Joe Tin Yau Lo is the director of the General Education Office, the Education University of Hong Kong. He has published extensively in the areas of social science education, history education, comparative education, citizenship education, and China studies. His recent publications have appeared in Comparative Education, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, The Pacific Review, Chinese Education and Society, Research in Comparative and International Education, and the International Journal of Educational Reform, among others.