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EU-China Higher Education Research Center

ECHE is a transnational research group and a platform dedicated to research and cooperation on higher education issues in the EU and China.

ECHE coordinates projects among Chinese and European university partners on key issues of collaboration such as doctoral education and training, university governance and academic leadership.

 

ECHE leads the EU suppported LEAD project on University Governance and Academic Leadership

ECHE leads the LEAD1 and LEAD2 projects supported by the EU.

LEAD2 project: http://www.lead2-project.eu/

LEAD project on University Governance and Academic Leadership

http://lead-project.org/

About ECHE

The EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE) was established in July 2012. ECHE is a research group and platform at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel dedicated to research and cooperation on higher education issues in the EU and China.

Mission

The mission of ECHE is to conduct research in the area of higher education, to facilitate research collaborations between European and Chinese higher education institutuins, and to promote mutual understanding about the educational systems, policies, governance, innovations, practices, and cultural issues related to higher education in the EU and China.

Objectives

The ECHE Research Center aims to

  • strengthen research cooperation between European and Chinese higher education institutions and organisations;
  • study development trends of higher education in the EU and China;
  • facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience in higher education between European and Chinese higher education institutions;
  • develop collaborative research projects with European and Chinese partners and seek for European, Chinese and other sources of funding to support research projects;
  • engage international doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the work of the research group;
  • provide consulting services for universities, public organisations and governments with regard to EU-China cooperation in higher education.

Research areas

  • Transformation, change and innovations in higher education
  • Higher Education policies in the European and Chinese contexts
  • European and Chinese higher education systems and development trends
  • Comparative studies and cross-cultural issues in higher education
  • Case studies of EU-China collaboration in research and education.

ECHE project news

ECHE LEAD2 project news:

http://www.lead2-project.eu/news

 

ECHE LEAD project news can be viewed here.

ECHE EU-China DOC project news can be read here.

Important results of the EU-China DOC project can be found on the project website and the following links:

 

ECHE news

ECHE joins the 4th China-EU High Level People-to-Peole Dialogue (HPPD) in Shanghai.

ECHE joins the 3rd China-EU High Level People-to-Peole Dialogue (HPPD) in Brussels.

ECHE joins the 2nd China-EU High Level People-to-Peole Dialogue (HPPD) in Beijing.

ECHE joins the 1st China-EU High Level People-to-Peole Dialogue (HPPD) in Brussels.

 

 

ECHE and the LEAD project organises the Academic Leadership Forum 13 November and participates in HPPD on 14 November 2017 Shanghai

LEAD Academic Leadership Forum, 13 November 2017

The VUB coordinated LEAD project (Governance and Academic Leadership of Chinese and European Universities in the Context of Innovation and Internationalization) will organise the LEAD event be held back to back with the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD) in Shanghai, from 13-14 November 2017.

As a European Commission supported project (under Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education), the European participants of the LEAD project will be invited to join the HPPD high level meeting, in the presence of Commissioner Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Navracsics of European Commission, and Vice-Premier Liu Yandong of China.

The high-level European Commission leaders and Chinese leaders will also be invited to give speeches at the LEAD Academic Leadership Forum as an event of the LEAD project, organised by VUB and Tongji University in Shanghai on 13 November 2017.

The LEAD consortium joins the 4th round of EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD) that will take place in Shanghai, 14 November 2017.

Since 2012, the EU and China cooperation in the areas of education & training, culture, multilingualism and youth has been integrated under the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD), the third pillar of EU-China relations, complementing the other two pillars – the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue and the High Level Strategic Dialogue.

The first round of the EU-China HPPD was held in Brussels on 18 April 2012. On that occasion Commissioner Vassiliou and former State Councillor (now Vice-President) Liu Yandong signed an HPPD Joint Declaration. The second round of the EU-China HPPD was held in Beijing on 6 September 2014. The third EU-China HPPD took place in Brussels on 15 September 2015 between Commissioner Navracsics and Vice-Premier Liu Yandong. This HPPD aimed at celebrating the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations. The 4th round of the HPPD is scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China on 14 Nov. 2017.

 

 

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ECHE interview report by the Journal of World Education

The Director of ECHE is interviewed by the Journal of World Education on the Dialogue and reform of doctoral Education in China and the EU. The interview report can be accessed here.

 

ECHE Kick-off meeting

EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE) held its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 22 October 2012. Following the official launch of ECHE at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) earlier this summer, the kick-off meeting provided to the research members, associate researchers and members of ECHE’s Advisory Board the opportunity to exchange ideas about the future areas of work and prospects of collaboration under the newly established Research Center.
Representatives of several partner organisations, including the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), China Platform-Ghent University, and the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS)-University of Twente, took part actively in the event. Representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Belgium and the Mission of People’s Republic of China to the EU, as well as several high level European Commission officials also attended the kick-off meeting. 
 

LEAD project and LEAD2 Project: Erasmus+ Capacity Building project funded by the European Commission

LEAD2 project (2019-2022)

The LEAD2 project is a Capacity Building in Higher Education project supported by the Erasmus+ programme. The aims of the LEAD2 project are to:

Strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in governance and academic leadership

Enhance the knowledge and capacities of academic leaders and potential academic leaders on university governance and leadership

Implement innovative and targeted blended training (MOOC, workshops & peer learning) for academic leaders

Deepen the understanding of university governance and academic leadership through comparative studies

Create an online Knowledge Base,  Referencing Tool & Networks

Establish an EU-China Center on University Leadership

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LEAD project (2015-2018)

The LEAD Project is a selected Erasmus+ Capacity Building project on Governance and Academic Leadership of Chinese and European Universities in the Context of Innovation and Internationalization (LEAD) is approved by the European Commission.

The project is coordinated by Prof. dr. Chang Zhu, Director of the EU-China Higher Education Research Center.

Visit the project website for project news and more information.

EU-China DOC project (Erasmus Mundus Action 3 project, 2013-2016)

EU-CHINA DOC: Enhancing the visibility of European Higher education and strengthening the dialogue and cooperation with Chinese stakeholders in the field of doctoral education is a new Erasmus Mundus Action 3 project selected for funding by the European Commission.

This three-year project will be carried out from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016. The overall project aims are to increase the awareness and knowledge about European Higher Education among Chinese higher education actors and to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between European and Chinese stakeholders in the field of doctoral education. 

Adult Learners Online! (ALO!)

The SBO project ‘Adult Learners Online! Blended and Online Learning in Adult Education and Training’(ALO!) is created and led by Prof. dr. Chang Zhu with a strong partnership with Flemish universities and adult education centers. The project has a four-fold mission:

  • To improve the quality of online and blended learning in adult education through the use of a continuous quality improvement framework;
  • To analyse the current online and blended learning design and to provide guidelines for a better (optimal) learning environment for the specific learner groups both at the course level and programme level;
  • To research the individual and social background of adult learners and their (non-) participation in online and blended learning and to analyse the key variables that affect their participation and learning and social outcomes in online and blended learning;
  • To develop and validate teacher professional development models in order to improve the quality of online and blended learning.

Research members

Core Research members

  • Prof. dr. Chang Zhu
  • Kai Wang
  • Dr. Manyu Zhang
  • Dr. Kintu Mugenyi
  • Dr. Merve Zayim Kurtay
  • Dinh Ngoc Bich Khuyen

 

Associate Research members

The ECHE associate research members are international researchers and experts in different areas of higher education:  

  • Prof. dr. Yuzhuo Cai, Chinese Education Research & Exchange Center, University of Tampere
  • Dr. Yuhao Cen, Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Dr. Ningning Zhao, Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University
  • Dr. Guoyuan Sang, Professor, Beijing Normal University
  • Prof. Yasar Kondakci, METU

Advisory Board

ECHE aspires to the highest level of academic excellence and relies on the support of the renowned researchers working in the top international centers of excellence in the area of higher education research in the EU and China. 

  • Prof. dr. John Taylor, Lancaster University
  • Prof. dr. Melita Kovacevic, University of Zagreb
  • Dr. Che Weimin, Minister-counsellor, China Mission to the EU
  • Dr. Bernd Wächter, Director, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)
  • Dr. Egbert de Weert, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente
  • Prof. dr. Hans Vossensteyn, Director, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente
  • Dr. Kris Dejonckheere, Secretary General, Institutional Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)
  • Dr. Laura Rumbley, Associate Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College 
  • Prof. dr. Martin Valcke, Ghent University
  • Prof. dr. Vinayagum Chinapah, Institute of International Education, Stockholm University
  • Prof. dr. Wanhua Ma, Director, Center for International Higher Education, Peking University
  • Prof. dr. Xiaoguang Shi, Center for International Higher Education, Peking University.

PhD Research: Factors influencing Chinese students’ study abroad and their psychosocial and academic experiences during study abroad

Researcher: CAO Chun

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Factors contributing to global competence and its outcomes among Chinese students at home and abroad

Researcher: MENG Qian

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Investigating student and teacher variables in the implementation of blended learning in a Ugandan university context

Researcher: Kintu Mugenyi Justice

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Exploring the Effectiveness of Blended Learning in Chinese Universities

Researcher: Wei ZHANG

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Integrating digital media literacy education in Chinese primary schools

Researcher: Hui ZHANG

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Digital Competence and Digital Informal Learning among University Students

Researcher: HE Tao

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Constructivist-based blended learning environments in higher education: student and teacher variables in the Tanzanian context

Researcher: Haruni Julius Machumu

PhD Dissertation

PhD Dissertation: Variables influencing pre-service and starting teachers’ integration of ICT into teaching practices in the Turkish context

Researcher: Aydın Aslan

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Unravelling adult learner-related factors and the social and interactional aspects of the blended learning environment contributing to their learning performance and social outcomes

Researcher: Anh Nguyet Diep

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Online learning and teaching of Dutch as a second language in adult education: Perceptions, outcomes and reflections

Researcher: Liesbeth De Paepe

PhD Dissertation

PhD Research: Development and Validation of A Conceptual Quality Management Model for Effective Institutional Continuous Quality Improvement of Online and Blended Learning in Adult Education It Takes More Than Two To Tango

Researcher: Yves Blieck

PhD Dissertation