Education has been the foundation of the East Asian economic miracle. At present, China's universities produce more engineering graduates per annum than the United States. However, important elements of the Chinese idea of higher education came from the West. A team of Chinese scholars has now produced an interesting volume examining Chinese universities since the late nineteenth century. It should be of interest not only to experts in modern Chinese history, but indeed to all who appreciate the role of education in the value system and development of China in the modern era.
This scholarly book is based on solid research into both Chinese and Western source materials, and represents a considerable contribution to the study of the history of education in China.
Transmitting the Ideals of the Enlightenment: Chinese Universities since the Late Nineteenth Century is a timely work. In an era when universities are questioning their priorities and dealing with such concepts as cost effectiveness and economy of scale, the eight papers of this book take a look backward at the development and goals of Chinese universities during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Scholars and academic administrators alike will benefit from reading these thoughtful and stimulating essays.
Overall, one would have to say the collection... introduces new data, and it is both interesting and informative.