Evaluating a World Bank project: China's television universities

Hawkridge, David and Chia-Era, Chen (1991). Evaluating a World Bank project: China's television universities. International Journal of Educational Development, 11(2) pp. 135–148.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0738-0593(91)90039-B


China recently invested about US$60 million from the World Bank, plus at least as much from its own resources, in expanding and modernising its television universities. How well are these unique institutions serving China's changing needs? Has the World Bank project, now ended, been a success? Our paper is based on the evaluation report prepared by two panels, one Chinese, the other foreign, appointed to advise the State Education Commission. It reveals that the television universities have undertaken a very large construction programme: new and refurbished buildings contain new foreign and Chinese-made equipment. It shows that they have succeeded in increasing the range of courses, enrolling millions of students and producing large numbers of graduates. It discusses the extent to which the teaching quality has been enhanced. It identifies causes of an apparent failure to improve management of the television universities' resources, particularly through providing computers, despite much staff training. Finally, it discusses briefly the future of the television universities in China. [math mode missing closing $]

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