South-South Cooperation through education? The example of China with/in Africa

Johanna Waters, W.H.M. Leung

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In this chapter, we explore the changing spatialities of international higher education, with specific emphasis on the implications of this for south-south relations. In particular, the chapter considers the notion that educational exchanges and involvements, which by-pass ‘traditional’ north-south colonial/post-colonial routes, offer an alternative (and welcome?) path for contemporary geographies of international higher education. The chapter will consider whether this alternative perspective necessarily aligns with views expressed in recent work on postcolonial educational responsibility. The empirical focus of the chapter is China – an emerging power when it comes to education as well as commerce. Especially intriguing is the way in which China frames its growing involvement in education within Africa as ‘south-south cooperation’ and a ‘win-win’ situation for both parties. The chapter considers the nascent academic literature on China’s involvement with education in Africa, before suggesting an agenda for future research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of South-South Relations
EditorsElena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Patricia Daley
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-62449-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-65200-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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