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ERIC Number: ED519687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 508
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-7420-4
Impact of International Foundations on the Internationalization of Chinese Research Universities: A Case Study of Peking University and the Nippon Foundation Group
Yu, Zhan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University
This study investigates two cooperative programs made by Peking University, a leading Chinese research university and the Nippon Foundation Group, an international foundation based in Japan. It attempts to examine the process through which the University collaborates with the Foundation, and explore to what extent the cooperation influenced the University's strategy for internationalization and the quality of learning. The study adopted a case study approach and a mixed-methods research design that combines qualitative and quantitative methods in research objectives, data collection and data analysis. In the qualitative portion, the study used data obtained from interviews with Chinese and Japanese personnel who were involved in the cooperative programs, and documents and records kept by the University and the Foundation. Using the qualitative data, it documented the context, implementation process, and outcome of the cooperation in a thorough manner. In the quantitative portion, the study used data gathered from a survey conducted in four schools of the University that participated in the Foundation-supported programs. It employed data display, Wilcoxon Mann-Whitney test, t-test, and probit estimation to examine the impact of the cooperation on student learning. The study found that the cooperative programs had positive impacts on the University's internationalization strategy. It highlighted four main channels through which the university-foundation cooperation influences the institutional internationalization strategy: (1) directly involving university and department leaders, (2) transmitting up-to-date information on international exchange, (3) introducing mechanisms that encourage leadership and creative abilities, and (4) creating models to signal directions for human resource development. In addition, the qualitative and quantitative results provided strong empirical evidence to suggest that the university-foundation cooperation had a positive impact on student learning. The impact can be observed from two angles: first, it improved the internationalized learning condition; second, it enhanced the program participants with learning capability. The study ends with a discussion of limitations of the research and a set of recommendation for further research on university-foundation cooperation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Japan