NEWS: Registration extended for ACUSAfrica colloquium; Upcoming talk on common good/s


Critical University Studies and the Battle Against Global Racism


Online event: afternoons of the 15, 16, 18 February


The registration deadline for this ACUSAfrica colloquium has been extended to the 10th of February.

For the full preliminary programme and concept note please click here.


To RSVP please click here and indicate which sessions you would like to attend before 10 February 2021. The Zoom link for the colloquium will be shared with those who register.


Rethinking global common goods in higher education through the Chinese concept of tianxia weigong


Lili Yang, CGHE and Lin Tian, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Online seminar hosted by the Centre for Global Higher Education: Thursday 4 February 2021, 14:00-15.00 (GMT)


Higher education produces a wide range of public/common goods, many of which transcend national borders such as knowledge and international mobility of talent. However, the current dominant interpretations of global public/common goods are based on the Anglo-American dualistic worldview of I and non-I. This worldview assumes a zero-sum relationship and continuous conflict between I and non-I. Correspondingly, the world is understood as subsumed under self-interested nation-states, also known as ‘methodological nationalism’. This approach to global public/common goods has led to numerous problems, manifested in, for example, the exacerbating international conflicts, longstanding inequality gaps, and persisting under-provision of certain global collective goods in higher education. Against this backdrop, this webinar will claim that addressing the problems can benefit from discussing the Chinese idea of tianxia weigong (all under heaven is for all/belongs to all) that is built on a Confucian anthropocosmic worldview – that the world is composed of a series of escalating entities (i.e., the self, family, society, state, and tianxia) and there is ‘no other’ in this worldview. This tianxia weigong approach suggests the concept of global collective goods, and sheds light on what global collective goods higher education produces and how to adjust the organisation of higher education to sustain its production of global collective goods.


Zoom webinar: Register here