World-Class Universities and Institutional Autonomy in China

  • Chelsea Blackburn Cohen
Keywords: Academic freedom; institutional autonomy; university rankings; China; world-class universities; Scholars at Risk

Abstract

With the release of Scholars at Risk’s (SAR’s) Obstacles to Excellence: Academic Freedom and China’s Quest for World-Class Universities, institutional autonomy ascends to the fore. In China’s pursuit to transform its institutions into world-class universities, global rankings have offered metrics to purported advancement but too often lack consideration of academic freedom and institutional autonomy, permitting only a shrinking space for vital questions as China applies enormous effort to impose control while seeking the status of a world-class knowledge producer.

This article is based on a Scholars at Risk’s report entitled Obstacles to Excellence: Academic Freedom and China’s Quest for World-Class Universities, available on SAR’s website at https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/.

Published
2019-09-24
How to Cite
Blackburn Cohen, C. (2019). World-Class Universities and Institutional Autonomy in China. International Higher Education, (99), 26-28. https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2019.99.11699
Section
China Issues