About ECHE

The EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE) was established in July 2012. ECHE is a research group and platform at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel dedicated to research and cooperation on higher education issues in the EU and China.
 
Mission
The mission of ECHE is to conduct research in the area of higher education, to facilitate research collaborations between European and Chinese higher education institutuins, and to promote mutual understanding about the educational systems, policies, governance, innovations, practices, and cultural issues related to higher education in the EU and China.
 
Objectives
The ECHE Research Center aims to
  • strengthen research cooperation between European and Chinese higher education institutions and organisations;
  • study development trends of higher education in the EU and China;
  • facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience in higher education between European and Chinese higher education institutions;
  • develop collaborative research projects with European and Chinese partners and seek for European, Chinese and other sources of funding to support research projects;
  • engage international doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the work of the research group;
  • provide consulting services for universities, public organisations and governments with regard to EU-China cooperation in higher education.
Research areas
  • Transformation, change and innovations in higher education
  • Higher Education policies in the European and Chinese contexts
  • European and Chinese higher education systems and development trends
  • Comparative studies and cross-cultural issues in higher education
  • Case studies of EU-China collaboration in research and education.