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Influence of the Market Economy on Higher Education: Findings from Ten Chinese Universities

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This article is based on a study carried out at ten Chinese universities and analyzes ways in which the global market economy has transformed Chinese higher education. It also identifies potential problems and provides possible solutions to this economic transition. In the first section of the article, we provide a brief review of the Chinese social context and the resulting changes in policy development regarding the higher education subsector. Higher education trends from different studies are examined, after which a detailed description of this study of ten universities in China and accompanying findings are presented. This paper concludes with a discussion regarding the problems and challenges facing China’s higher education in the context of a market economy.

Keywords: China; higher education trends; market

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-01-01

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