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ERIC Number: EJ842026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Not Quite like a Honeymoon: Charting the First 24 Months of Sino-Foreign Educational Programmes
Willis, Mike; Kennedy, Rowan
Australian Universities' Review, v51 n1 p48-55 2009
There is now a large range of studies that have considered various aspects and issues of Sino-foreign university collaboration--which remains a vexed and contentious issue. The aim of the present study is to identify the specific steps a group of Sino-foreign educational alliances took over their first two years--as viewed by Chinese and foreign university managers--as they struggled to develop a mature basis for ongoing alliance activity. The paper notes that the initial formative years were ones of stress and strain. A total of sixteen (16), sequential steps have been identified in this study, which also notes that, at times, these steps could be taken out of sequence. It was only by the latter steps that the two sides had really formed the basis for longer-term activity. (In short it took about two years to achieve some sense of viable and realistic understanding of the realities of setting up and managing an educational joint venture in China). The paper provides a basic "roadmap" for university managers wishing to enter the China alliance market--and, at the same time, also makes some comments about some of the issues, problems and tensions which may arise within this crucial formative period. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; China