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Mun C. Tsang

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.S., M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

Scholarly Interests

Costs and financing of education. Chinese education policy. Education and economic development.

Selected Publications

"Intergovernmental grants for financial compulsory education in China" (Harvard China Review).

"Education and national development in China since 1949: Oscillating policies and enduring dilemmas" (China Review).

"Financial reform of basic education in China" (Economics of Education Review).

"Cost analysis of educational inclusion of marginalized population" (UNESCO).

"School Choice in the People Republic of China" (book chapter, Teachers College Press).

Economic analysis of education policy (Education Science Press.)

biographical information


Professor of Economics of Education, Teachers College Columbia University, USA
Director, Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College ColumbiaUniversity, USA
Changjiang Scholar, Ministry of Education, China
Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China
Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University, China


B.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.A., Economics, Stanford University

PhD,  Economics of Education, Stanford University



Educational Development and Reform in China

Education Finance

Education Costs and Policy Analysis in Education

Education and Economic Development


AWARDS AND HONORS (year, source)

Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China (Third Term, 4/2012-3/2015, Ministry of Education, China)

Honorary Professor, Yunnan Normal University (since 2012)

International Scholar for Excellent Contributions to Chinese Education Development (2010, Chinese Education Society and Association of Non-government Education in China)

Honorary Professor, South China Normal University (since 2009)

Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China (Second Term, 4/2009-3/2012, Ministry of Education, China)

Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University (since 2007)

Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China (First Term, 4/2006-3/2009, Ministry of Education, China)

The Richard Swanson Excellence in Research Award (2005, from the American Academy for Human Resource Development)

Education Award for Education Projects to Alleviate Poverty (2005, from Yunnan

Education Society, Yunnan, China)

Senior Advisor for Education Development in Yunnan, China (2005, from Yunnan Education Society, Yunnan, China)

Guest Professor, Beijing Normal University (1998, Beijing Normal University)

Honorary President, Education and Economics Society, China (1996, from Education and Economics Society, China)

Guest Professor, Peking University (1995, Peking University)

ITSF 4090: Issues and institutions in international educational development

This course explores theoretical approaches to the study of education in international development and uses these approaches to consider current topics and debates in the fields of international and comparative education. This course also introduces students to institutions involved with educational development in diverse global settings, such as the United Nations and the World Bank. This course is also offered at the doctoral level (ITSF 6581).

ITSF 4094: Educational planning in international educational development

The course explores educational planning and policy analysis in developing countries. A special focus is placed on aid effectiveness, aid modalities, and the aid architecture in countries where educational reforms are sometimes funded by multilateral organizations, development banks, and non-governmental organizations. Critical issues, such as global benchmarking, target setting, and monitoring by the World Bank, OECD, and other international organizations are examined.  Students learn about current debates and controversies in international educational development and reflect on the impact of externally funded projects on educational planning and reform in developing countries.

EDPE 4097: International and comparative studies in educational finance

Educational finance in international settings. Financing role of international development agencies. International and comparative studies in educational finance.

ITSF 4098: Educational Development and Policies in China

Historical and national development contexts of educational development in China. Key policy issues in education by level and across levels.

ITSF 4902: Research Independent Study:International Transcultural

Research Independent Study:International Transcultural

ITSF 5430: Internship

Permission required. Supervised experiences in diverse settings designed to develop skills in research, development, planning, and evaluation.

ITSF 6590: Doctoral seminar in international and transcultural studies

Permission required. Presentation of research in progress and examination of professional roles.

ITSF 6902: Studies in international and transcultural studies

ITSF 8900: Dissertation advisement in international and transcultural studies

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Centers and Projects

Center on Chinese Education

The Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University (CoCE) is aimed at contributing to a better understanding of education in China and to educational exchange between the United States and China. It seeks to achieve this mission through three categories of activities: research and development, education and training, as well as outreach and exchange. These activities will draw upon the historically special relationship between Chinese education and Teachers College, the interests and expertise of the faculty at Teachers College, as well as expertise and resources outside of Teachers College. Major funding for the Center's activities is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Contact: Mun C. Tsang

Mun C. Tsang appeared in the following articles:

TC and China (6/28/2013)

TC's Barbara Tversky is Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (4/29/2013)

Learning By Doing 2.0 (5/1/2012)

China's Unsung Education Hero (11/17/2011)

Mun Tsnag Campaign Story (10/4/2011)

The Virtual Advantage (3/22/2011)

When Less is More (3/22/2011)

Game On! (2/7/2011)

A Homecoming in a Faraway Land (9/1/2010)

How to Educate the Children of China's Migrant Workers? (5/20/2010)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (8/6/2009)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (4/28/2009)

TC Campus News (1/1/2009)

Chinese Principals Visit TC, New York City Public Schools (12/1/2008)

Macy's 'Chinese Flavor' (11/1/2008)

Talking Equity, From Azerbaijan to Zambia (3/12/2008)

In Brief (4/25/2006)

Education Diplomacy (2/23/2006)

2004 at TC: The Year in Review (5/27/2005)

Class from China (11/11/2004)

Educating Current Leaders in Practice and Policy (8/1/2003)

TC's Center for Chinese Education Holds International Conference (2/1/2003)

Seminar on Chinese Education (11/1/2002)

Working to Make Equity in Education a Reality (10/1/2002)

Seminar on Chinese Education - Annual Report 2001 (8/31/2002)

Continuing to Repair the World (8/28/2002)

Economic Transition and Higher Education Reform in China (2/1/2002)

Common Ground: Chinese and American Educators at TC (12/1/2001)

Seminar on Chinese Education (11/1/2001)

Chinese Scholars Come to TC Through Center on Chinese Education (10/1/2001)

Inaugural Seminar on Chinese Education (2/1/2001)

Center on Chinese Education Created at TC (1/1/2001)

Teachers College Welcomes Sixteen New Faculty (8/1/1998)