The 21st Century Scholar blog devote the week of September 17th to Chinese higher education. Professor Robert A. Rhoads will be blogging the entire week. Robert is professor of higher education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Chinese Studies. He also holds the titles of University Chair Professor at Renmin University of China and Y. C. Tang Chair Professor at Zhejiang University. His research focuses on international and comparative higher education and recently he has conducted studies of changes in faculty life at China’s top universities.
- Monday: “China’s Academic Revolution”
Robert introduces himself and his experience researching and teaching at Chinese universities.
- Tuesday: “Campus Diversity Chinese Style”
Robert dispels the popular misconception that China is a relatively homogeneous society.
- Wednesday: “Student Life and Comradery in China”
Robert offers a couple of examples of cultural differences between student life in China and the United States.
- Thursday: “The Pressures of Faculty Life in China”
Robert discusses some of his research on how faculty life in China is changing.
- Friday: “The Quest to Develop World-Class Research Universities in China”
Robert explains two major Chinese national initiatives to strengthen the nation’s leading universities—Project 211 and Project 985.