University Autonomy, the State and Social Change in China

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Hong Kong University Press, Mar 1, 2009 - Education - 276 pages
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This book explores the role of universities in responding to ongoing changes in China, and in shaping the relations between the university and the state during periods of social change. Tsinghua University is selected as a case study to inform this important issue. By tracing the changes and continuities Tsinghua has experienced since 1911, this book gives an in-depth analysis of how the university strives to maintain autonomy while taking a leading role in implementing China’s policy of higher education.

By drawing on a vast literature of higher education theories, the book offers original insights into the university-state relationship and provides a new understanding on the complexities China faces in the era when the country is becoming a key global actor.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Western and Chinese Perspectives
7
An Historical Review 1840s to the early 21st century
35
Tensions in Tsinghua College 191129
65
Conflicts in Tsinghua University 192948
85
A Dilemma in Tsinghua University 194976
103
Opportunities for Tsinghua University 1977 to the early 21st century
127
Challenges to Tsinghua University 1977 to the early 21st century
155
9 Towards an Understanding of Autonomy as SemiIndependence
179
Methodological Considerations
213
List of Interviewees at Tsinghua University
225
Tsinghuas Presidents
227
Notes
229
Bibliography
231
Index
257
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Su-Yan Pan is a research assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include higher education and social change, education policy and legislation, and China education policy studies.

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