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"It's hard to agree that China and
the Chinese higher education model
may offer a formidable alternative to the
Western model," says Heidi Ostbo Haugen,
associate professor in the Department of
Culture Studies and Oriental Languages,
University of Oslo. "Censorship and the
nationalizing of the curriculum at Chinese
universities-for example, through making
it increasingly cumbersome to put foreign
texts on the curriculum and to invite
foreign guest lecturers-is not conducive
to producing top-quality research."
"The problem may be particularly
serious in the social sciences, where I
work," she says. "It has therefore been as
easy to find good collaborators in Nigeria
as in China for two of my recent funding
applications, in spite of the immense
differences in funding for research and

higher education in the two countries."
However, a higher education sector
subject to a central government controls
could have a relatively receptive audience
in some African countries that have
strong central governments themselves.
"The Chinese present that the United
States overpoliticizes aid, while they are
interested in development and don't
interfere and ask uncomfortable questions
about the political system," Cloete says.
"Though I could see that becoming an
issue-they control their society so tightly."
King says that many African students
often have little appetite for political
discourse, given the long-standing dysfunctional political states in their home
countries, and instead wish to focus on
more practical aspects of their education
that will support their careers.

"Many Africans in China find it a relief not
to have the constant talk about politics they
have at home," King says. "Many appreciate
that Chinese students just get on with it."

Lasting Implications
Despite the differences in educational
models between most Chinese and
Western institutions, China's long-term
investment in many sectors across Africa
is reaping rewards for its higher education
sector at home.
As the number of African students
studying in China continues to increase,
institutions in other countries must
be attuned to the implications of this
growing influence for their campuses, their
countries' international student recruitment
and enrollment goals, and the field of
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Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
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