William C. Kirby, professor of China studies at Harvard University, will talk about China and the global educational landscape April 12 at UMSL (Photo by Harvard University)

In the 19th century, European universities defined excellence. By the end of the 20th century, American universities were the most highly ranked. What are the prospects for Chinese leadership in higher education in the 21st century?

William C. Kirby, professor of China studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., will give a talk on China and the global future of universities at 2 p.m. April 12 in 331 Social Sciences & Business Building at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Kirby will touch on the rise of Chinese universities and their impact, if any, on the global educational landscape. He’ll also discuss what new trends in “liberal” and “general” education mean for the education of the next generation of Chinese leaders.

Kirby serves as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Chairman of the Harvard China Fund. He has written on the evolution of modern Chinese business, Chinese corporate law and company structure and China’s relations with Europe and America.

His current projects include case studies of contemporary Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States.

The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Department of Economics at UMSL, Department of History at UMSL, the F.A. Hayek Professorship at UMSL and International Studies and Programs at UMSL.

Myra Lopez

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