Professor Joshua Mok's lecture on the rise of transnational higher education in China
On the morning of April 6th, 2011, Center on Chinese Education welcomed an honored visitor, Professor Joshua Mok, who gave a lecture about the rise of transnational higher education in China.
Professor Mok is from Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has worked creatively across the academic worlds of sociology, political science and public and social policy while building up his wide knowledge of China and the region.
At the beginning of the lecture, he shared with the audience his extensive experience in research transnational higher education (TNHE) in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and mainland China. He emphasized the necessity to expand the regional concept of China's higher education. The vivid description about the positive student learning experience from focus groups interviewed in many joint programs of mainland China aroused great interest of the present audience. These programs include the University of Nottingham-Ningbo, United International College, Beijing Normal University & Hong Kong Baptist University, etc. Another interesting message is that, the advantage of such joint programs is that the foreign universities can focus on building strong academic learning experience for students while the party administration takes care of student issues.
He adopted the customized term "Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools" (CFCRS) to indicate transnational higher education in China. After introducing the policy context and recent development of TNHE, he talked about the major features of transnational higher education Programs in China, in terms of degree awarded, curriculum and transnational arrangement.
Regarding the governance feature of the Ministry's regulation framework towards transnational higher education, Professor Mok concluded that it is "regulated in form, rrregularities in practices". As he pointed out, "the key weakness of the Ministry's regulatory framework is that despite a stronger emphasis on the required procedures of appraisal and approval for the CFCRS institutions and programs, less attention is paid towards the operational management of CFCRS and its quality assurance."
Finally, Professor Mok communicated more with the audience in the Q &A session.
The lecture fie: PPT