(21 Feb 2022) China’s national higher education policy has entered its second phase, with the government releasing the updated list of Double First Class (DFC) programme universities.
The scheme was launched in 2015 and pushed the country’s higher education sector on an upwards trajectory by increasing funding allocations for those universities and specific academic disciplines within them that were named on the list, which, in turn, pushed HEIs to improve discipline structure, cultivate key disciplines and strengthen core expertise.
The list now consists of 147 universities, up by seven compared to the last round, and 331 disciplines taught at those universities. Meanwhile, 16 disciplines at 15 universities have been given public warnings and told they must improve to preserve their status on the list – with their progress to be reviewed again next year.
THE has more in detail.