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Engaging with China's Higher Education Reforms and Opening Up

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Thursday, October 22, 2020
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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Denis Simon, Brad Farnsworth

This talk will provide a detailed overview of China's overall higher education system and provide an analysis of on-going PRC initiatives to enhance the quality and performance of domestic universities, including the role of joint venture universities. It will examine the growing tensions between the stated desire for greater opening up and international cooperation in the education sphere with the desire for Chinese universities to fully embrace the ideas of Xi Jinping and deepen the role of the Party in university affairs. The talk will close with an assessment about what it will take for China to succeed in its efforts to become an education powerhouse in the 21st century.

The speaker, Dr. Denis Simon, is Senior Adviser to the President for China Affairs and Professor of the Practice at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. From 2015-2019, he served as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University.

The discussant, Brad Farnsworth, is vice president of the American Council on Education (ACE). He coordinates ACE's global engagement strategy, which engages associations, governments, and corporations outside the United States to advance the goals of higher education globally. He serves on several boards, including vice chair of the Alliance for International Exchange.