Call for Papers: Special issue on ‘International Education in China’

The Beijing International Review of Education

Special Issue: International Education in China

(Issue 4, 2022)

Editors, Cathy Xie PING, Fazal RIZVI & Michael A. PETERS

International education has become a major strategic policy priority as China emerges as one of the major global forces shaping the new post-covid landscape in international education at both school and university levels. It is not only the largest source of international students with some 665,000 studying abroad (380K in the US and 164K in Australia alone) but also a major receiving country and increasingly Asian hub for well over 500,000 students, becoming a top destination for students from BRI countries wanting to study abroad (roughly 70%). International education in China is an important part of the plan for national rejuvenation and central both to further opening up of education and to the BRI: it has capacity to further enhance university rankings, encourage international research collaboration, and improve the level of international exchanges and cooperation, contributing to the processes of Chinese educational modernization. The Covid-19 pandemic has temporarily disrupted the flow and exchange of international students, a process exacerbated by US-China geopolitical tensions, at the same time as profiling the need for more ethical and equitable global partnerships for a sustainable new post-pandemic world that aim to strengthen global partnerships, regional networks and digital infrastructures, especially for rural areas. This special issue examines global challenges, sustainable futures and the multiple ways Chinese international education is creating a new pattern of opening up Chinese education to the world.

Possible themes:

  1. Multiple purposes of IE: intercultural, diplomatic, commercial
  2. The international schools movement: leadership and innovation
  3. Technologies of IE
  4. Recruitment of globally mobile students, internationalization of the curriculum & global regimes of accreditation and quality  assurance
  5. Student experiences and the provision of institutional support
  6. Franchise and overseas campuses and regional hubs
  7. Knowledge economy and transnational production and application of knowledge through research collaborations
  8. IE, interculturalism and global citizenship education
  9. Shifting geopolitics and IE as soft power

This list is not exhaustive to re-examine international education in contemporary world. We especially welcome articles on international schooling.

Please send an expression of interest to Cathy Xie Ping (, Fazal Rizvi ( or Michael A. PETERS ( with title and abstract (300 words) before the end of Febuary for planned publication this year. 

About Beijing International Review of Education (BIRE)

The Beijing International Review of Education is a new start-up journal published by Brill Academic Publishers ( starting in 2019. The Beijing International Review of Education aims to publish articles that are of interest not only to academics and policy makers but also teachers and members of the public. All articles in this journal will undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and double-blind peer review. The journal publishes four issues per year.

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