HYI Working Paper Series: Tong Shijun

Ideas of the University in China: A Critical Review (Tong Shijun, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University)

In last few decades Chinese universities have developed tremendously in material, technical and professional terms. During this period there has been another change that is perhaps more important, though less prominent, one I would like to call a “cultural turn” of Chinese universities, which is expressed most clearly in the fact that many people, especially university leaders, are talking about the idea of the university in general and the ideas guiding particular universities. In this chapter I try to describe this phenomenon and explain its background and implications.