IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: A new era of Sino-US relations for university systems?

23 February 2021, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

USA and China flags side by side.

In this webinar, Gerard A. Postiglione will identify what should be done to improve US-China university cooperation for mutual benefit and the global common good.

This event is free.

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Centre for Global Higher Education

The largest and most influential university systems are those of China and the US, respectively. They have a major role to play in global peace and security. Over four decades, they have become intertwined and interdependent. 

With Sino-US relations mired in disagreements over trade and technology, university leaders must ensure that educational and academic partnerships do not fall victim to geopolitical rivalry.

In the neo-globalised world order, Sino-US relations require a strategic stabilisation. A new framework is needed to capitalise on China’s civilisational emphasis on education, and the US university tradition of open debate and emancipation of the mind.

Together they have a responsibility to address global threats such as pandemics, climate change, poverty, and inequality. 

The outgoing US administration cancelled key education exchange programs, restricted scientific cooperation, and created bottlenecks in study visa approvals. The new US administration will focus on domestic issues but has an opportunity to take small but positive steps to build Sino-US university cooperation in education, technology, and health.


  • Gerard A. Postiglione - Emeritus Professor, Honorary Professor and Coordinator of the Consortium for Research on Higher Education in Asia at The University of Hong Kong