Monday, November 28, 2011

Restrictions on Academic Freedom at U.S.-China Joint Campuses

Bloomberg Business Week has an interesting article documenting efforts by the Chinese government to limit academic freedom at such joint campuses as the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, a joint effort of Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.   The issue came to a head when a student at the 25-year old Hopkins-Nanjing Center tried to start publishing an academic journal.
The current policy of the Center in Nanjing represents an effort to limit academic freedom to the classroom and the grounds of the campus itself.   The article illustrates the dilemma facing governments and universities in an era of global education.  As the internet comes to play a more and more central role in education at all levels, it seems that efforts to limit the dissemination and exchange of information via the web will inevitably diminish the quality of the education.

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