Sino-Foreign Higher Education

Since Reform and Opening Up, Sino-foreign joint ventures have sprouted up across many different industries, but some the most complicated arrangements are those in higher education. Over the past decade, foreign universities have flocked to China – either to set up satellite campuses or partnerships with Chinese colleges – in hopes of benefiting from Chinese academia. Some prominent examples are the University of Nottingham in Ningbo and New York University in Shanghai. But many questions have been raised over these arrangements; like how much are these setups really like their home universities? What does China hope to get out of the deals? And are these schools subject to the same rules of censorship and ideological interference that affect Chinese universities?

In our ongoing road trip to Shanghai, today’s episode is coming to you from the Sino-British College – a consortium of nine British universities and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. Our guest, Ian Gow, is the president and CEO of the school and was the founding provost at the University of Nottingham Ningbo. He’ll tell us how these schools work, what they bring to both foreign and Chinese students, and what really happens inside the classroom.

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