Xu, L and Montgomery, C (2018) Educating China on the Move: A Typology of Contemporary Chinese Higher Education Mobilities. Review of Education, 7 (3). pp. 598-627. ISSN 0020-8566

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The landscape of global higher education is changing rapidly in response to and alongside the geopolitical and geosocial global transformations, with China and East Asia becoming key players in higher education. As China’s economic power and strategic reach grows against a context of global uncertainty, it has become increasingly important to develop a nuanced understanding of Chinese globalisation, not least for its significance to the balance of power relations within and beyond Asia. Higher education provides a powerful lens through which to see how China is globalising and how this might impact on the world. This is manifested in its many established and newer forms of education mobilities. Recognising the lack of research efforts to systematically understand the complexities of contemporary higher education mobilities across China, this paper proposes a typology through a thematic narrative review of more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, government and media documents. This typology of Chinese higher education mobilities reveals three key insights, including 1) a critique on the ‘mobility imperative’ and the role of the Chinese state, 2) a call for more longitudinal and/or retrospective research to facilitate a relational understanding of the fluid nature of higher education mobilities in China, and 3) a note on the urgency of developing a comprehensive theoretical and conceptual tool kit. This article contributes to an updated understanding of the fluid, multiple and multi-directional nature of contemporary higher education mobilities of China.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) will be available online via Wiley at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2049-6613 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, higher education mobilities, globalisation, typology
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 11:22
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2019 12:03
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5178

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