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Asia Pacific Education Review, v5 n1 p23-33 2004

China is eagerly spearheading a massive expansion of higher education in a very radical way in recent years, enrolment has doubled in just 3 years and the participation rate has reached 17%. Its pioneering spirit will set an example for many other modernizing and industrializing nations, and it's experiences and lessons are of help to them too, and while leaving much room for discussion. The paper deals with the higher education great expansion process with China as a case analysis. Firstly the system of higher education in China is described to give a general idea of China's higher education system, which is also the start point of massive expansion. The focus of this paper is, however, mainly on the process of frog-leap expansion of higher education taking place in recent years in particular. Besides the description of the process, the challenges arising and the measures to meet these challenges are detailed, and finally three implications are explored. (Contains 6 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Educational Policy

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Author: Chen, David Yunchao


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