Sino-Swiss project on "Policy Dialogue on Financing Higher Education and Sustaining the Quality of Mass Education for Lifelong Learning"


As a follow-up to recommendations from the two reviews on China which had an important impact on legislation and policy development in the sector, the OECD is aiming to strengthen the research on tertiary education finance and quality.

The goal of this activity is a long-term applied research collaboration between Chinese and Swiss universities and research institutions on policy issues of mutual interest in the domain of education development and governance.

In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to identify mechanisms and means for a sustainable co-operation and involvement of interested researchers and institutions in both countries. The project will help to develop a research network to facilitate the continuing dialogue between parties in China and Switzerland. Collaborative research could be facilitated through this initial contact and team building effort.

The activity is organised with the support of CSEND, in close co-operation with the Swiss authorities and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. It is foreseen that partners from other member economies will join the project at a later date.

The following elements will be implemented in 2006 and 2007:


Documents from the High-level project co-ordination meeting held in Geneva on 3 April 2006

Technical Report

Presentations from the High-level project co-ordination meeting held in Geneva on 3 April 2006

"The Question of Quality in Higher Education" Dr. Lichia Saner-Yiu
"Governance Structure of Higher Education in China" Mr. Fan Wenyao
"Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Switzerland" Mr. Rolf Heusser
"Financial Restructuring of Higher Education in China" Mr. Wang Yingjie
"Building a Quality Assurance System in Chinese Higher Education: Recent Progress
"Financing Higher Education in Switzerland" Dr. Andri Gieré
"Ten Years of Collaboration with China" Ian Whitman and Gerhard Kowar