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Quality Assurance and Institutional Transformation

The Chinese Experience


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Shuiyun Liu
    Pages 1-14
  3. Higher Education Quality Assurance System in China

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Shuiyun Liu
      Pages 49-62
  4. Impact of Quality Assessment on University Change in China

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Shuiyun Liu
      Pages 205-219
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-231

About this book


This book illustrates the higher education quality assurance system and its impact on institutional transformation in China. It starts by describing the higher education system in China and its quality assessment schemes. It discusses in detail the Quality Assessment of Undergraduate Education (QAUE) and the Subject Evaluation, two of the most influential external quality assessment schemes, which are conducted on the institutional and subject levels respectively. In the second part of this book, QAUE is taken as an example for the impact analysis. Using case studies, it explores the impact of the QAUE on various dimensions of quality provisions in universities with different statuses and presents the views of various stakeholders. Based on the empirical findings from the Chinese schemes and the theories on organizational change and the mechanism of external quality assessment, it proposes a model to describe how quality assessment interacts with the evaluated universities and causes them to change.


Higher Education quality assurance Quality Assessment of Undergraduate Education chinese higher education system external quality assessment higher education reform in china quality assessment impact universities in china university change

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

About the authors

Dr. Shuiyun Liu works in Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University (China) as an assistant professor. Her main research interests include higher education, quality assessment, and educational policy. Dr. Liu got her PhD from the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London (now UCL Institute of Education) in 2011. Her doctoral research was about the Chinese higher education quality assessment system, which was funded by the Centenary Scholarship at the IOE. Prior to this, she studied at the University of Oslo, University of Tampere and University of Aveiro for an MPhil degree in higher education, which was funded by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of Europe.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Quality Assurance and Institutional Transformation
  • Book Subtitle The Chinese Experience
  • Authors Shuiyun Liu
  • Series Title Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance
  • Series Abbreviated Title Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-0787-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9252-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-0789-7
  • Series ISSN 2365-6352
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-6360
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 231
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
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