13 Mar The closing of China will affect universities worldwide
The news that China’s constitution will be amended so that Xi Jinping can be president beyond his current second term is only the latest indication of fundamental political change taking place. Experts have noted that President Xi has amassed the most power since Mao Zedong and seeks long-term authority to carry out his policies.
While higher education, research and internationalisation are far from the centre of contemporary political developments, they will unquestionably be affected and may be ‘collateral damage’.
Over the past several decades, we have seen a dramatic growth in higher education internationalisation, student mobility in and out of China and the cross-border presence of foreign universities in China, all contributing to the establishment of world-class universities and a significant rise of Chinese universities in the rankings.
Current changes at the top in China will have lasting implications for both Chinese higher education and for China’s academic relations with the rest of the world and might seriously impact what has been accomplished so far. It is essential that the higher education community, inside China as well as globally, pay careful attention to the likely prospects. continue reading