SEEKING A ROADMAP TO BECOMING WORLD CLASS: Strategic Planning at Peking University

SEEKING A ROADMAP TO BECOMING WORLD CLASS: Strategic Planning at Peking University by Xie Guangkuan CSHE.11.13 (June 2013)

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Abstract:

Strategic planning plays an important but sometimes controversial role in higher education. This paper examines how strategic planning works in Chinese universities, using Peking University as a case study. This essay discusses the rationale for why Peking University (PKU) decided to pursue status as a world-class university along with objectives and value of its various strategic plans beginning in the 1990s. These plans have had four main roles at Peking University: as a means to periodically alter the development path or "roadmap" of the university; as a method to gain or "accelerate resources" largely from government; as a way to communicate with the business community, alumni and other stakeholders regarding the aspirations and needs of the university; and as a tool to engage central government leaders in the future of the university.