The Rise of China-U.S. International Cooperation in Higher Education

Views from the Field


Over the past two decades, international cooperation in higher education has become the norm in China and around the world. To exemplify these relationships, this edited volume devotes individual chapters to case studies of China-U.S. international higher education partnerships focused on 1) Collaborative graduate programs; 2) Research collaborations; 3) Student mobility; 4) Multi-institution collaborations; 5) Cultural exchanges; and 6) Branch campuses. These case studies will illuminate the strategies, challenges, and perceived benefits of cross-national collaboration. Case studies are bookended with introductory and concluding chapters that link cooperative activities to theory on diplomacy (including Western “soft diplomacy” and Chinese five principles of “peaceful coexistence” narratives); internationalization of higher education; and reflections on student and scholar mobility between Chinese and US institutions.


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Biographical Note

Christopher J. Johnstone, Ph.D. (2005), University of Minnesota, is Assistant Professor of International Education at that university. He has written numerous articles on internationalization of education and international development education. He directs his university’s Leadership for Intercultural and International Education Program. Li Li Ji, Ph.D. (1985, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is an internationally-renowned expert on the effects of exercise on health and aging. His effort and collaboration led to the creation of the China Champion Program and the American Culture Center for Sport.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vii 1 The Rise of Sino-U.S. International Partnerships in Higher Education: An Introduction 1 Christopher J. Johnstone 2 China’s Soft Power Projection through Higher Education: An Preliminary Assessment 3 Rui Yang 3 Dynamics of Internationalization in U.S. and Chinese Higher Education 23 Katherine Punteney and Yilin Wei 4 Leveraging Confucius Institutes for International Education and Exchange 61 Anthony C. Ogden and Huajing Xiu Maske 5 Developing a Multi-Institutional, Internationally-Focused Higher Education Research Partnership 87 Deane Neubauer and Joanne Taira 6 Internationalization 2.0 and Counting: Learnings from China-U.S. Collaborations in Business Education 102 Anne M. D’Angelo and Lili Dong 7 The New Normal: Student and Faculty Mobility Programs between Public Teacher Education Institutions in China and the U.S. 122 Mary Schlarb, Shufang Strause and Lu-Chung Dennis Weng 8 An Exploratory Journey of NYU Shanghai: Reflections from a University Chancellor 143 Yu Lizhong 9 China Champion Program 163 Chi Jian and Li Li Ji 10 Sino-Global Higher Education Partnerships: Student Mobility Programs 182 Jing Tian, Jiansheng Ma and Juan Cai 11 The Effect of Culture and Acculturation on the Mental Health on International Students: Implications for U.S. and Chinese Universities 197 Merritt Huang 12 Conclusions and Way Forward 221 Christopher J. Johnstone


Scholars and practitioners of Chinese and US higher education, internationalization of education, and collaborative partnerships. The book would appeal to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and international education professionals.