Call for papers: Special issue in Journal of Studies in International Education: Rethinking EU-China Higher Education Cooperation in a Dynamic Global Environment

Call for papers in Special issue in Journal of Studies in International Education:
Rethinking EU-China Higher Education Cooperation in a Dynamic Global Environment

Expression of interest due: 31 October 2023

Notification of invitation/rejection: 30 November 2023
Full manuscript submission due: 29 February 2024

Guest editors:

Yuzhuo Cai
Senior lecturer and Adjunct professor
Higher Education Group, Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University

Cristina Pinna
Marie Curie Fellow
Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

Marijk van der Wende
Professor of Higher Education
Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University

Special Issue Overview

The need for global solutions to world problems such as climate change, food security, and ongoing global health issues; megatrends such as digitalization and artificial intelligence and the global impact of geopolitical tensions such as the war in Ukraine, highlight the importance of international cooperation.  Academic collaboration is a driving force behind the advancement of scientific knowledge that offers potential solutions to such challenges. This special issue will explore the intricate and dynamic landscape of higher education cooperation between the European Union (EU), including its member states, and China, in the midst of an increasingly interconnected, rapidly changing global environment.

While the main focus of this special issue is on EU-China higher education cooperation, its ultimate goal is to better understand how higher education cooperation between the EU, EU member states, and China may impact other political and economic powers, such as, for example, the USA, Canada and Australia and also India, Brazil and Russia. Hence we welcome contributions that examine the various forms of EU-China higher education cooperation, explore the dynamics at play within them and analyse how those dynamics influence or are influenced by broader global alliances.

There is already a significant volume of literature on EU-China higher education cooperation in fields including empirical research, policy analysis and conceptual framework building. However most of these studies, including a special issue on ‘China-Europe Higher Education Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges’ published by Frontiers of Education in China in 2019, focus on the development of the cooperation prior to the latest dramatic period of change. It is important, given the scale and ongoing impact of recent events across the world, to critically re-examine the underlying assumptions, goals, strategies and practices of EU-China higher education cooperation; to explore the challenges and opportunities of this mega collaboration for both groups, as well as the potential impact it may have on other parts of the world.

Considering this, we invite original research articles, conceptual papers, and case studies addressing, for example, the following:

  • Analysis of contemporary EU-China higher education cooperation models, frameworks and policies and the influence of the historical, political, and cultural context of their development.
  • Dynamics, trends and challenges in EU-China higher education cooperation in today’s complex and changing global environment.
  • The impact of EU-China higher education cooperation on the internationalisation of higher education and international education across the world.
  • How current and emerging global issues influence higher education cooperation between the EU, EU member states and China and the wider EU-China strategic partnership.
  • How security, academic freedom and knowledge sharing issues are balanced in EU-China academic partnerships and collaborations.
  • Challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions in the EU, EU member states and China seeking to cooperate on science and technology innovation in the current rapidly evolving global environment.
  • Comparative analyses of contemporary higher education models, frameworks and policies of cooperation between the EU, EU member states and China with those of other regions and countries.
  • Other related topics.

Submission Guidelines: 
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the JSIE author guidelines and submitted through the online submission system. All papers will be peer-reviewed.

The timeline of this special issue is as follows:

  • 31 October 2023: Expression of interest, abstract (around 800-1000 words) submission by email to the guest editors.
  • 30 November 2023: Notification of invitation/rejection. Guest editors provide recommendations for further paper development for invited abstracts (This does not guarantee publication in the special issue, but rather an invitation to submit.).
  • 29 February 2024: Submission of the full manuscript to JSIE through the Scholar One system. Manuscripts will be for sent out for blind peer review, managed by the editors through the Scholar One system.
  • From April 2024: Reviewed papers will be published online as they are accepted.
  • December 2024: Publication of the complete special issue.

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Bionotes of guest editors:

Dr. Yuzhuo Cai is a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Higher Education Group (HEG), Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland. He has been associated with HEG for over 20 years and served as the Acting Professor of the unit from August 2013 to July 2014. He currently holds the positions of Director of the Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre, which is a network organization comprising more than 20 universities from China and Finland, and Deputy Director of Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT), an interdisciplinary research centre spanning three faculties at Tampere University. Dr. Cai is also a member of the coordination group of Think Tank for China, SGroup Universities in Europe.

Dr. Cai is a prolific researcher, with research interests in higher education administration, internationalization of higher education, and innovation studies, with a particular focus on the interactions between higher education and society. He has published over 140 academic articles, including many in prestigious journals such as Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Studies in International Education, International Journal of Management Reviews, Technovation, and Minerva. He has edited two special issues and a book on EU-China higher education cooperation. Dr. Cai serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Triple Helix, Co-Editor of Journal of Studies in International Education, and Associate Editor of Journal of the Knowledge Economy.

Dr. Cristina Pinna is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow working at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen. She previously worked as Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies for the University of Sassari in Italy. Prior to this position, she worked for almost 7 years as a Senior Policy Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China. Before joining UNDP, she collaborated as co-investigator for a UNESCO pilot project with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2010-12, she was awarded the EU-China Science and Technology Fellowship, sponsored by the European Commission and hosted by GSE-Peking University, China. She defended her PhD in History, Institutions and International Relations of modern and contemporary Asia and Africa at the University of Cagliari, Italy, and conducted her post-doctoral studies at the OISE-University of Toronto, Canada.

Dr Pinna has worked on research related to the intertwining aspects between international relations, development studies and international education policies, in the academic sector and for international organizations. Her current research investigates China’s soft power in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) analyzing how a group of selected European countries and the EU are engaging with China. Previously, she worked extensively on issues related to Global Governance and China and its impact on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Dr Pinna has published in international academic journals and led the drafting of policy reports for international organizations, such UNESCO and UNDP.

Dr. Marijk van der Wende is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Her research focuses on the impact of global trends and international developments on higher education and research systems.

She is also President of the European Higher Education Society (EAIR), an affiliate faculty and research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California Berkeley, member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe), and has been a chair and member of numerous national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.

Previously she held full professorial positions at CHEPS, University of Twente (2001-2016) and VU University Amsterdam (2006-2015). She was guest professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and member of the International Advisory Board of its Graduate School of Education, visiting scholar at Harvard University (Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Graduate School of Education), the University of California Berkeley (Center for Studies in Higher Education), and Boston College (Centre for International Higher Education).

She served as Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University (2015-2017), Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College (2007-2015), President of the programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD (2005-2011), member of the Higher Education Authority Ireland (2011-2015), the Scientific Board of the Dutch Military Academy (2007-2013), and worked at NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) (1992-1998), the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels (1994-1998), and in school education in France and the Netherlands (1980-1990).

Marijk holds BA degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and MA and PhD degrees in educational sciences, from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively.