The Belt and Road Initiative and Higher Education

  • Aisi Li Nazarbayev University
  • Alan Ruby University of Pennsylvania
Keywords: University alliance, internationalization, China, Belt and Road Initiative


China’s Belt and Road Initiative has already spawned three university alliances, but little has been investigated about their forming new higher education spaces. These three university alliances include members from within and beyond the Belt and Road. They can be interpreted as China’s rising leadership in internationalization of higher education; however, they also appear to help institutions that are usually marginalized in internationalization to gain more visibility both domestically and internationally.

Author Biographies

Aisi Li , Nazarbayev University

Aisi Li is assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. E-mail:

Alan Ruby, University of Pennsylvania

Alan Ruby is a senior fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, US. E-mail:

How to Cite
Li , A., & Ruby, A. (2020). The Belt and Road Initiative and Higher Education. International Higher Education, (103), 18-20. Retrieved from