US universities target foreign markets. Can core values survive?

Monday, November 11, 2013

When outspoken economics professor Xia Yeliang was dismissed by Peking University (PKU) last month, 136 faculty members at Wellesley College, an elite all-women's school outside Boston, took it personally.

They had reason to believe Professor Xia had been fired for his political opinions. And since Wellesley had recently signed a partnership with PKU, the latest in a flood of US universities to set up bridgeheads in China, they figured that made Xia a colleague of theirs.

Xia's dismissal, they wrote in an open letter to PKU's president, was "such a fundamental violation of academic freedom" that they "would find it very difficult to engage in scholarly exchanges with Peking University."

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