, Volume 65, Issue 4, pp 471-485
Date: 27 Jul 2012

University of Nottingham Ningbo China and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: globalization of higher education in China

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Abstract

This essay studies the University of Nottingham Ningbo China and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University—the two Chinese campuses established respectively by the University of Nottingham and the University of Liverpool. They represent successful models of globalization of higher education in China; however their rationale, strategies, curricula, partnership, and orientation are very different. Through a comparative analysis, the paper reveals their unique development and offers a template for studies of globalization of higher education in China and elsewhere through branch campuses.

This essay was based in part on interviews with Chancellor Yang Fujia and Provost Roger Woods of University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and with President Xi Youmin of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) during field trips to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in 2009 and the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in 2010, respectively. An earlier version was presented at the XII International Seminar on Globalization of Higher Education. Delhi, January 4–5, 2011.