"What are Chinese students seeking from higher education? Quality education, global experiences, independence… adulthood?" Seminar by Sophia Woodman, University of Edinburgh, 19 February 2020 at 4pm.

Location: Room 122, 29 Bute Gardens, University of Glasgow


This talk draws on quantitative and qualitative data generated by the Bright Futures project, a study of Chinese students conducted in China, the UK and Germany. Overall, the project findings show that the transnational field of higher education structures the aspirations and expectations of students—whether Chinese, British, or German—in broadly similar ways. Following an outline of this overall picture, the talk will focus on how higher education is also reframing the life course by enabling and normalizing a transition to independent adulthood that occurs prior to appearance of the conventional markers of adult status: economic independence, leaving the family home, marriage and child-bearing.

The Scottish Centre for China Research Seminar Programme gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the MacFie Bequest.

First published: 24 January 2020

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