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William Kirby: Who will Lead? The World of Universities in the 21st Century


Economic globalization and educational internationalization exert a considerable impact on exchanges and cooperation in international education as its content, forms and means have undergone major changes and made significant progress. The 19th century was the era of European higher education, while American higher education dominated in the 20th century. Then, who will take the leading role in the university field in the 21st century? Keeping this question in mind, RDCY has invited Professor William Kirby, an expert in Chinese research from Harvard University, to deliver a lecture. He will concentrate on the following issues: elaborating the history and current situation of international education development, presenting an in-depth analysis of the trends of international education and its future models based on the educational experience from all over the world, and finally envisaging the development of higher education in the 21st century.

Time: 13:00-14:30 Friday, January 18th 2018

Venue: Conference Room 602, Wenhua Building (6th Floor), No.59 Zhongguancun Street, Haidian District, Beijing

Language: English

Moderator:Yang Qingqing, Assistant Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY)

Keynote Speaker: William C. Kirby

William C. Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. He serves as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Chairman of the Harvard China Fund. He also sits on the Council of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies Council at Renmin University of China (RDCY).

Invited guests:

Sun Xiaomeng, Dean, School of Asian and African Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Feng Yue, Research Fellow of Political Science, CASS

Helen Han, CGTN Commentator, Senior Fellow of RDCY


13:00-13:05  Opening and introduction

13:05-13:45  Keynote speech by Prof. William C. Kirby

13:45-14:20  Guests comments and discussion

14:20-14:30  Q&A

Key Words: university   education   globalization   William Kirby  

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