Meeting the higher education needs of mainland China

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It has been argued that in order for the economic growth seen over the
past few decades in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to continue,
a change from a manufacturing to a service economy may be required.
One problem with this, however, is a foreseen shortage of university and
vocationally trained workers. In response to this, a number of reforms and
initiatives have been introduced, including enhancements to the quality
and quantity of locally-provided higher education, and the development
of local-foreign partnerships for higher education delivery. However, these
reforms and initiatives, it is argued, will still fall short of the target numbers, prompting the question: how can the PRC meet the foreseen shortages? This paper offers some reflections on how open and flexible learning
(OFL), including massive open online courses (MOOCs), may offer an alternative to traditional higher education in the Chinese context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInaugural International Conference on Open and Flexible Education (ICOFE 2014)
EditorsKin Sun Yuen, Kam Cheong Li
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Open University of Hong Kong
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789627707998
ISBN (Print)9789627707998
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe Inaugural International Conference on Open and Flexible Education - The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 16 Jan 201417 Jan 2014


ConferenceThe Inaugural International Conference on Open and Flexible Education
Abbreviated titleICOFE 2014
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Internet address


  • Mainland China
  • Higher Education
  • Open and Flexible Learning (OFL)
  • MOOCs


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