China's Strategies for World-class Universities

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AIED Council staff members are always looking for opportunities to boost their intellectual knowledge of all subjects related to international education. Teachers College-Columbia University recently offered one such opportunity to do so as its Center on Chinese Education hosted Professor Baocun Liu of Beijing Normal University, for an open lecture titled Analysis of the National Strategies to Build World-Class Universities in China. School Outreach Intern Ryan Allen attended the event as a representative of AIED Council on Monday, February 11.

Professor Liu, dean of the Institute of International and Comparative Education, discussed the history, tactics, and challenges of Chinese higher education expansion and ascension. Some of the key challenges for Chinese universities moving forward, Dr. Liu explained, are funding allocation, a student population boom, and a reluctance to cooperate amongst Chinese institutions. But, he stressed that the Chinese government was fully committed to improving its university system, up to world-class standards. The Chinese university dean went on to say that international students are playing a part in this push, and that some leaders hope to surpass the US in foreign student intake in the near future.

The AIED Council recognizes this ascending trend for Chinese higher education that Dr Liu described. As China’s economic prowess grows, so to does its importance in the educational realm. We not only seek to bring students from China to the US, but also hope that we can send Americans abroad to gain a better understanding of this rapidly dynamic country.

This post was written by Ryan Allen. If you would like an AIED Council staff member to cover one of your events, please email him at


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