International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet legacy in China and Russia [Book Presentation and Discussion]

International Anxiety Book Cover

April 15, 2019
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor, Barrows Hall

This is event is brought to you by the Center for Studies in Higher Education and Institute of East Asian Studies.


This book investigates how the political underpinnings of global power shifts, caused by hierarchically concerned knowledge makers, have evolved on the post-Soviet periphery of higher education and have been anxious to move to the top of the global knowledge hierarchy. This volume engages distant and recent histories of two global superpowers – the People’s Republic of China (hereafter, China) and the Russian Federation (hereafter, Russia) – to illuminate the complexity and dynamism of the power fusions, aimed at status enhancement. The most recent endeavors by the two giant countries for improved capacity, status, and image in the global architecture of higher education – where China is at the head of the world-class university movement and Russia is making huge strides to catch up – raise questions about the uses and abuses of soft power that stand behind the status-seeking academic transformations. By examining China’s and Russia’s legacies of power relations and status seeking over the last century, this book will help reveal the benign and malignant effects of the global competition that has been feeding international status anxiety in higher education. 

Speakers and Authors:

Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

Igor Chirikov, SERU Consortium Director and Research Fellow