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Title Transnational Education in China: Key Challenges, Critical Issues, and Strategies for Success
Author Robin Matross Helms


Over the past decade, China has become an increasingly popular market for transnational education ventures. From creating student exchanges and twinning programmes to building study centres and establishing full branch campuses, higher education institutions and organisations worldwide have eagerly sought to capture a share of the lucrative and expanding Chinese market. As more and more institutions have tossed their hats into the ring, however, reports have begun to suggest that the picture for foreign education providers in China may not be quite so rosy. Regulatory, cultural and logistical challenges abound – from understanding national, provincial, and local requirements, to establishing effective partnerships and building networks, to finding an appropriate campus and classroom equipment.

For those institutions considering establishing programmes or campuses in China, it is critical to understand the realities – both positive and negative – of operating in the Chinese higher education environment. This report provides guidance to such organisations, using a case study analysis of three institutions that have successfully established ventures in China. These analyses explore the key issues and critical challenges involved as well as practical strategies to navigate these obstacles and operate effectively in the Chinese context.

Date 01/05/2008
Region(s) Asia
Countries China
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Regulatory Frameworks
Topic(s) Regulation, Branch Campuses, International Collaborative Programmes

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