Academic Drift in China’s Universities of Applied Technology

Wei Jing, Anthony Welch


The priority attached to innovation in China means that its universities are seen as a major pillar of innovation. But with respect to the new Universities of Applied Technology (UATs), their original mission of strengthening industry collaboration is subverted by the persistence of perverse incentives, which
make them emulate research universities rather than fulfil their original purpose.


China; academic drift; industry collaboration; paradox of innovation

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