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Chinese higher education reform, and the limits of deliberative democracy

23 September 2016

This event is a co-presentation of the China Studies Centre and the Comparative and International Education Research Network at Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Drawing on the work of Xu, Jilin and others, Professor Anthony Welch will examine both the model and process surrounding Peking University’s personnel management reform of 2003-4, and its interpretation and discussion by some, mostly younger, scholars at Beida at the time as a model of (Habermasian) deliberative democracy.

The paper also addresses how personnel management has since been taken up and transformed in other leading universities, and the results and implications, including the influence of the more recent emphatic re-assertion of party control over ideation by Xi Jinping. By way of comparison, Professor Welch will talk about the implications of deliberative democracy for the process of Australian higher-education reform, especially in the context of current reforms and debates.

Event details

  • When: 2–4pm

  • Where:

    Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free but registration is essential.

  • Contact: Dr Matthew AM Thomas
    T: +61 2 8627 4304
    E: matthew.thomas@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker Anthony Welch is Professor of Education, University of Sydney. His numerous publications address education reforms, principally in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He has consulted to state, national and international agencies, governments, institutions and foundations and had experience in projects in East and South-East Asia, particularly in higher education. Professor Welch's work has been translated into numerous languages, and he has been a visiting professor in the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Malaysia and China. A Fulbright New Century Scholar (2007-8), his most recent books are The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession (Springer 2005), Education, Change and Society (Oxford University Press, 3rd. Edition, 2013), ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China (Palgrave 2011), and Higher Education in South East Asia (Routledge 2011). He was a consultant to the Asian Development Bank's Higher Education in Dynamic Asia project, and directed the ARC project, "The Chinese Knowledge Diaspora" (with Yang, Rui). In 2015 he was honoured with a Haiwai Mingshi award, tenable at Tianjin University.


Chinese higher education reform, and the limits of deliberative democracy

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

23 September 2016


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