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I don't know if what i'm going to suggest makes sense. Humor me.|
There are three groupings: one, the present fully local universities are constrained by legacy issues - methods, lecturers, students and courses; two, the twinning program universities are constrained by course integration issues; and three, the students going overseas may not come back or if they do may not be able to integrate their expertise into the local environment.
The present method to internationalize is just trying to get foreign students to come in and mix around so that local students can change their mindsets. The foreign students will have problems because they are seen different from local students by the way they are treated and so may feel marginalized. The local students will avoid them and thus the original objective to change them will also not work. The lecturers will have problems managing two sets of students when they already have problems trying to modernize one set before, including themselves. And the administrators may find that while the global ranking goes up because of more foreign composition, it goes down because standards have dropped.
So - bypass all three groupings by setting up an experimental model for a worldclass university. If it succeeds, it can then be a blueprint to re-orientate the local universities to be worldclass in due course.
This needs will and money. The will has to come from the top to nip all bureaucracy down the line otherwise the project will fail. It is to be a national project but without concern for face that it must be national because the objective is to make it international right from the beginning and then blueprint it across the country to internationalize the other local universities. And the money may be more than usually made available for a new local university but since it will be experimental with great benefits to reap if it succeeds, say capital for ten years.
one, the unversity will be brand new and a mixture of modern efficiency and ancient coziness; it will be strategically located at a beautiful and clean place with lakes and landscape somewhere five minutes to a highway, fifteen minutes to a railway station and one hour from an international or regional airport and within the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.
two, the intake of students will be special - only the best student scholars in the whole world and a limited number for each course; before they enter, they must sit and pass with high scores in a special examination that will test their thinking powers, evaluate their mental makeup and identify if they have thought and already learned anything about the course they are enrolling; it could be like the scholarship exam for admission to Cambridge tripos etc; they must also pass an interview, and present an original essay on any topic of their choice;
three, the courses will only be conducted in English; all students must know or learn two languages to high proficiency while taking their courses;
four, the courses will be conducted by internationally qualified lecturers who are experts in teaching the courses and motivating students to excel, setting difficult exam papers, picking great topics for research, writing highly cited academic papers, and mentoring undergraduates into postgraduate studies; they will have no personal bad habits that will sully reputations and no other preoccupations except to make the university great in rapid time;
five, each course will be the mirror-image of the best course from the best university in the world where it is taught; everything in it will contain all the elements, topics and resources of that course taught overseas in that no.1 worldclass university for that course. Example of such courses are:
https://www.topuniversities.com/ ... ty-subject-rankings
So, this new university may teach the MIT course for computer science, the Harvard course for business, the Wharton course for finance, the Stanford course for electronic engineering course, the Yale course for law, the Tel Aviv course for mathematics, the Cambridge course for medicine, the Oxford course for molecular biology, the Georgetown course for government, and so on... In other words, the courses conducted at the new university will be the collection of all the best individual courses from the best universities in the world; the new university will be on the way to worldclass of worldclasses because it contains all the worldclass courses.
six, the lecturers and administrators will be paid worldclass rates; the students will be completely supported by scholarship and accommodation, transport, overseas study trips and fully paid equipment, books and allowances; all the books will be in English except when they are superior textbooks in other languages which can be as supplementary references only;
seventh, no matter what the course, every student must go on a fully paid internship-practical attachment for at least three months overseas with an internationally renowned organization, eg. chemical engineering student with Shell, computer science student with IBM, biochemistry student with Merck or Roche, medical student with London School of Tropical Medicine, and so on; they will have to maintain a diary, write a report and defend a presentation when they complete the internship;
eighth; the faculties will have the best laboratory and presentation equipment in the world; these will be perfectly maintained at all times; an inhouse technical department must be created whose staff can learn how to repair these equipment, eg. magnetic resonance imager, spectrophotometer, electron microscope, laser interferometer etc.
ninth, the university will have all sorts of clubs in which students can discuss and debate any subject or participate in hobbies or tinker with ideas and inventions;
tenth, the world experts eg nobel laureates and business tycoons will be invited to give talks; students and lecturers may also present TED-type talks or show experiments to the public;
eleventh, the university will start a postgraduate design and management program for all fields and is to be attended by selected research lecturers from the local universities;
twelfth, every engineering, architecture and building technology student must additionally have one month practical training using the equipment in the local vocational training colleges and schools so that they can make friends with the other students there who may become factory supervisors and site contractors later;
The new university will have a board of directors made of the top academicians and industry, business leaders from the world; they will visit and decide four times a year. The administrators will be recruited from the most experienced and successful university administrations of the world and would have shown great record of outstanding performance plus an enthusiastic understanding of the objective of the university besides the interaction dynamics of the best whether teacher or student. They will also monitor the performance and success points of the university.
If this new university succeeds, its blueprint will be programmed to internationalize other local universities on a national stage-by-stage basis - in Mandarin. In other words, the courses will be converted into Mandarin.
All the lecture notes of the new university will be open-wared, eg:
What do you think?