Talks

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This series includes conversations with four global higher education leaders at the forefront of Sino-Foreign Joint-Venture Universities in China. The 2003 Regulations on Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools defined the implementation framework to govern joint programs and institutes in China. The Chinese Ministry of Education continues to focus on strengthening the regulatory requirements to improve quality and align with the national priorities. I argued in my opinion piece that international campuses can widen access to global learning as they offer alternative pathways for affordable global learning experiences. As the cost of education in English-speaking destinations increases, while the prospects of work and visa opportunities reduce, there is an increasing demand for value for money from students. In specific, these JV universities in China offer unique value propositions to Chinese and international students as they are partnerships of deep commitments and complexities.

  • Combined Interviews with Jeffrey Lehman, Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai; Nick Miles, Provost, University of Nottingham Ningbo China; Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University; and Youmin Xi, Executive President, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (75 minutes)

  • Interview with Jeffrey Lehman, Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai (17 minutes)

“We have been able to attract many of the world’s most talented people to move to this startup venture, to leave an established, wonderful institution, or if in the case of students to turn down an opportunity to study at a great institution, to join something that is an experiment.”

  • Interview with Nick Miles, Provost, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (17 minutes)

“We’ve got maturing academic faculties, we’ve got schools, departments with programs that are in demand with great graduates as well. So the next, we were building on a research capacity and focusing on quality.”

  • Interview with Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University (20 minutes)

“We are embarked on a major phase two construction project that’s going to more than double the size of the existing campus. We hope to strike a greater balance between science and math, social science and humanities.”

  • Interview with Youmin Xi, Executive President, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (22 minutes)

“We chose to develop a new university for future by blending Western and the Eastern education. This requires convincing all the partners about the risk, and value, and also integrating all the resources for implementing this bold plan.”