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Title: A reference model for cultivating non-academic competence in the context of Chinese universities
Author: Ji, Jingshu
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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In the last two decades Information Technology (IT) has changed everyday life and had a profound impact on culture, the economy and industry in many ways. The digital economy, led by IT, is growing quickly and has become an important part of the world economy. At the same time, IT brings opportunities to the world and also challenges. As a technology, IT requires a lot of new knowledge, expertise and new types of personnel. Thus innovation and training of personnel has become more and more important. Higher Education (HE) systems in different countries play an important role in the information era and the fast-growing digital economy. As the source of personnel and knowledge innovation. the HE system is a pool of talent and a bank of ideas. It is one of the key factors that drive social productivity forwards. How the HE system meets the challenges of the IT revolution has become a new research subject in recent years. From another perspective, the HE system benefits from IT, e.g. IT provides new ways of teaching and learning by allowing access to worldwide information resources. The impact of IT on HE is significant. Meanwhile, the development of IT has changed the structure of and social requirements on personnel. In many developing countries, although the digital economy requires a large number of new types of personnel who are highly motivated, adaptive and have cutting-edge knowledge and skills, their HE systems are still not able to facilitate students to develop non-academic competence for meeting employers' requirements. As a result, a shortage of personnel hinders economic growth in these countries. Thus a reform of the Chinese HE system is required. As part of this reform, IT could be used to deliver highly efficient, quality education to large populations. This thesis investigates HE in China and proposes a solution to the existing problems in the Chinese HE system. Taking advantage of Semiotics in relation with Information Systems and organisations, the semiotics framework is used for identification and analysis the cultural differences in the HE systems between the developed countries and the developing countries. Together with the stakeholder theory and system theory, this research delivers a reference model with a set of techniques for cultivating the non-academic competence of graduates by Chinese Universities. The model helps Chinese Universities to maintain and improve the overall quality of education by incorporating the Don-academic competence development into the educational system. It also benefits the HE system from utilising advanced technologies in teaching and learning, managing the requirement changes of educators and students, and meeting the increasing market demand for quality graduates.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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