CfP: AAS 2020 Panel on ‘China’s Recent Strategic Inroads in Reshaping Higher Education and Research across Asia’

Call for Abstracts for the 2020 AAS (Association for Asian Studies) Annual Meeting (Boston, March 19-22)
China’s Recent Strategic Inroads in Reshaping Higher Education and Research across Asia
For next year’s AAS Annual Meeting I am putting together a proposal for a panel focusing on “China’s Recent Strategic Inroads in Reshaping Higher Education and Research across Asia.” Although much research is currently being carried out on China’s extensive Belt and Road Initiative’s related economic, trade, and infrastructure projects across Asia, thus far little attention has been paid to China’s related soft-power initiatives focusing on higher education and the establishment of regional specialized research centers. Over the past few years enrollment of foreign students in China has skyrocketed to 500,000. There are now more Indian students studying in China than in the U.K. China is also developing branch campuses across the region and establishing research centers (environmental, public health, agricultural, etc.) that focus on local needs.
By combining educational initiatives and research initiatives with a wide range of connective infrastructure projects it is developing across Asia, China has been able to address many of the region’s immediate, short-term, and long-term development goals and challenges as well as lay the groundwork for close ties and networks that will last for decades.
If you are interested in taking part, please send a 250-word abstract and one page CV to: armijo@gmail.com by Monday, July 22.
Additionally, please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Jackie Armijo
Associate Professor of the Humanities
Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh

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