Call for Papers: One day conference on Transnational Higher Education and the China Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

Dear colleagues,

We are inviting paper proposals for a one-day conference on 8 November 2018 at the University of Manchester (Manchester, UK) on: Transnational Higher Education and the China Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Please see the attached file for details.

The Higher Education Research Network at the University of Manchester (HERE@Manchester) is hosting a one-day conference on China, international higher education, and transnational partnerships. Funded by the University of Manchester and the Confucius Institute, the conference will explore emerging research themes around the higher education in the context of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This scheme, involving over $5 trillion in investments in some 65 countries, is an important strategic initiative of the Chinese government. Although better known for large physical infrastructure projects, the BRI also includes ‘people-to-people’ and educational initiatives. These latter issues are relatively understudied and provide an opportunity to explore important trends in international higher education.

Contributions will explore (but are not limited to) the following themes related to the BRI:

a) New conceptions of transnational higher education with respect to regionalisation and globalisation

b) Local and regional development and higher education

c) The role of higher education institutions in diplomacy and geopolitics

d) Research and higher education partnerships along the Belt and Road

e) Potential effects on higher education teaching and learning


Abstracts of 300 words and full author details (name, position, institutional affiliation(s), email address and telephone number) should be submitted by 1 October 2018 to:

Contributors will be notified about the outcome of their submission by 8th October 2018.


The conference is free to attend. There are also limited travel bursaries (support of up to £ 100) available for presenters (PhD students and early career researchers). If you are interested in applying, please indicate this in your submission.

To register to attend, please visit:

Best regards,

Dr. Miguel Antonio Lim

Lecturer in Education and International Development

Co-Research Coordinator of The Manchester Institute of Education

University of Manchester

Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9PL

+44 (0) 161 275 3797