This chapter identifies best practices and challenges in Sino-Finnish joint degree provision through analysing two different degree programmes in terms of level of education, type of providing institutions and cohort of students. Being aware of variations in definitions of joint degree, we use the concept of joint degree provision to focus on the common features of all kinds of joint degrees, for instance mentioned by Jane Knight. The identified best practices include aligned motivations and interests on both sides, trust and effective communication, and integration of both bottom-up initiatives and top-down coordination. Meanwhile, some common challenges in joint degree provision between Chinese and Finnish higher education institutions are concerned with legislative barriers, discrepancy in programme administration and credit system, and quality assurance. Finally, some recommendations are suggested for planning and implementing joint degree provisions between China and Finland/Nordic countries.
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Cai, Y., Liu, B., Xiao, C. (2019). Experience of Sino-Finnish Joint Degree Provision: Practitioners’ Perspectives. In: Liu, H., Dervin, F., Du, X. (eds) Nordic-Chinese Intersections within Education. Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28588-3_10
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