Transformation of Local Universities and International Experiences

China has recently initiated a reform aimed at transforming more than 600 "newly established" regional HEIs into universities of applied sciences (UASs) following international experiences. This paper conducts a comparative analysis of major universities of applied sciences models around the world and identifies the Finnish model as the most relevant reference framework for China. After pinning down the critical challenges facing Chinese regional HEIs, this article uses them as benchmarks to locate the best practices from Finnish UASs' experiences concerning issues such as legal status, governance and funding, industry cooperation, system openness, curriculum and teacher development. The study concludes with some recommendations for the upcoming UAS transformation in China.

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