The Future of China and the Chinese Language in Global Higher Education

  • Philip G. Altbach Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
Keywords: Chinese higher education, research universities, Chinese as an academic language, English versus Chinese in science

Abstract

There has been much debate about the emergence of Chinese universities on the world stage and the potential role of the Chinese language as a global scientific medium. I argue that while China’s top universities have done well in rankings, there are structural and other impediments to their taking global leadership. Further, English is sufficiently dominant as the global medium of science that Chinese has no possibility of serving as a key global academic language.

Author Biography

Philip G. Altbach, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College

Philip G. Altbach is research professor and distinguished fellow, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, US. Email: altbach@bc.edu.

Published
2022-04-08
How to Cite
Altbach, P. (2022). The Future of China and the Chinese Language in Global Higher Education. International Higher Education, (110), 17-18. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ihe/article/view/14983
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Articles