Higher Education

, Volume 65, Issue 4, pp 471–485 | Cite as

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



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.


Transnational education Overseas campuses Globalization Higher education China 



The author thanks two anonymous reviewers for their excellent comments and discussions that have led to the improvements of the manuscript. He also wishes to thank Bruce Jiang for discussions on globalization of higher education in China and Piotr M. Zagorowski for editorial assistance and substantive comments. Ms. Betty Hagelbarger read an earlier version of the manuscript, and he is indebted to her for her unfailing support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

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