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Egalitarianism in Canadian Higher Education: Retrospect and Prospect

Egalitarianism in Canadian Higher Education: Retrospect and Prospect


     Lecturer: Qiang Zha (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University)

     Time: 3: 00 pm C 5: 00 pm, March 6, 2013

     Venue: Room 109, Guoxue Building



     About the lecture:

     Canada is often cited as an exception to academic capitalism, and features the egalitarianism in conducting and managing higher education. Over the years, Canadian universities served to provide comparable university education to a population that was sparsely distributed over an immense geographical area. The increasing scarceness of resources for higher education, fuelled by a largely neoliberal process of globalization, has been causing changes in Canadian higher education towards forming a differentiated university sector. Nevertheless, the traditions die hard. With a predominant social value deeply rooted in equity and social justice, Canadian higher education and universities continue to profile many aspects of the egalitarian legacy. Drawing on the notions of liberalism (pure liberalism, compensatory liberalism and neorealism) and academic capitalism, this paper analyzes the data displayed in Macleans University Rankings and CAUTs (Canadian Association of University Teachers) Almanac of Post-Secondary Education in Canada and illustrates the above point.


     About the lecturer:

     Qiang Zha is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, York University. His research interests include Chinese and East Asian higher education, international academic relations, and global brain circulation, internationalization of higher education, globalization and education, differentiation and diversity in higher education, theories of organizational change, knowledge transfer and commercialization, and international migration and development.


     He has written and published widely on these topics in journals such as Compare, Higher Education, Higher Education in Europe, Harvard China Review, and as book chapters.


     Since 2011, he has joined in an Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada research initiative, Canada-China Human Capital Dialogue, as am Associate Team Member. In 2012-2013, Qiang Zha is a Meilun Scholar at Tsinghua University and a visiting professor at Peking University.

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