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Title A Chinese perspective on the GAO report on freedoms at US university campuses in China
Author Xiaozhou (Emily) Zhou - OBHE Associate, Lecturer, Shanghai International Studies University


With the growing number of U.S. universities setting up branches or academic programs in China, there is some concern among U.S. legislators about how such operations are funded, and the about the rights and freedoms enjoyed by U.S. universities.

In August 2016, on congressional request, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report on these matters. A list of 225 “cooperative education programs” in China, involving 133 U.S. universities, approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, is given in the appendix. The report examines a sample of 12 U.S. universities partnered with Chinese universities to establish degree-granting institutions in China, and employed document review, a questionnaire, campus visits and interviews with university administrators.

U.S. universities reviewed include big names such as Carnegie Mellon, Duke and NYU and less-known institutions with a longstanding China presence, such as Fort Hays State University and Kean University. Chinese partner universities include Shanghai Jiao Tong, East China Normal and Henan.

Date 02/02/2017
Region(s) Asia, North America
Countries China, United States
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models
Topic(s) Branch Campuses

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