The Amalgamation of Chinese Higher Education Institutions


  • David Y. Chen Huazhong University of Science & Technology



Case Studies, Colleges, Decentralization, Educational Administration, Foreign Countries, Higher Education


The 1990s witnessed revolutionary change in China's higher education system, particularly through radical mergers. The reform process and its background are detailed here, with a case study focusing on Zhejiang University. After nearly 15 years of painstaking effort, the reform goals for the higher education system have been met, and a decentralized, two-tiered administrative system has been installed. However, the most hotly debated reform has been the amalgamation of universities. The need to optimize China's system of higher education has a background dating back about 50 years, when the first reordering of higher education took place. The reordering and its results are described, and the causes and after effects of this reform are detailed.


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Author Biography

David Y. Chen, Huazhong University of Science & Technology

David Y.Chen (Chinese Name: Chen Yunchao) is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Higher Education of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and a lecturer at the University of Logistical Engineering. His research interests include the university presidency, management of higher education, and international comparative research. David can be contacted at




How to Cite

Chen, D. Y. (2002). The Amalgamation of Chinese Higher Education Institutions. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 10, 20.