Introduction to the China Association of Higher Education
China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) was founded on May 30th, 1983. As a national non-profit academic organization, CAHE is an alliance of voluntary social organizations, institutions and professionals that are engaged in or support higher education.
Currently Mr. Du Yubo，the former Vice Minister and Deputy Secretary of CPC Leading Group of the Ministry of Education，is the seventh president of CAHE.
Prior to Mr. Du, Mr. Jiang Nanxiang, the former Minister of the Ministry of Education, served as first and second president; Mr. He Dongchang, the former Deputy Director and Secretary of CPC Leading Group of the State Education Commission, the third; Mr. Zhou Yuanqing, the former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education, the fourth and the fifth, and Mr. Qu Zhenyuan, the former Party Secretary of China Agricultural University, the sixth.
CAHE is the largest, oldest and the most influential national academic organization of higher education. By now, CAHE consists of 66 branches and 450 higher education institutional members with their own members, forming a platform covering a wide range of disciplines and management areas by connecting Chinese universities. CAHE performs the following functions in accordance to the CAHE Charter: theoretical research, academic communications, professional training, demonstrations and exhibitions, international co-operations, consultations, books and journals editing and industry monitoring etc.
Strategic Conception of Development
Principle: CAHE is built for academic research, prospered through service, operated on standards and strengthened by innovation.
Idea of Development: promote the political awareness and ensure the development direction; identify our duties and service orientation; advance our work to a higher level and grasp the direction of our work.
Core Task: serve for the reform and development of higher education, for the macro decision of government, for the administration of higher education institutions and for the theoretical exploration of higher education.
Business Layout ：adhere to political guidance; strengthen the Thinktank building; enhance the two brand activities and one journal; standardize the construction of branches; undertake some functions transferred from government; conduct and deepen exchanges and cooperation.
Working Concepts: build think tanks and provide better services; create brand and improve quality; set up rules and reinforce management; seek cooperation and enlarge influence.
Research Principles: apply “new thinking” and focus on “real issues”; explore “new models” and conduct “real researches”; expand “new realm” and promote “real innovation”; make “new contribution” and ensure “real effects”.
Basic Experience: uphold a high-level political stance; insist on a great vision; plan for a long term; strive for new achievements; set a higher bar for officials.
Goals: build up a modern academic higher education organization with international influence and Chinese characteristics.
New-type Think Tank of Higher Education
CAHE endeavors to build a new-type thinktank of higher education by focusing on the central task, serving the overall interests of the country, remaining problem-oriented, and centering on the major researches. We gather together the national strength to conduct significant developmental research projects and produce the high-quality research results. Therefore, CAHE has offered advice for government policies, higher education institution management, higher education reform and development and international exchanges and communications, leading to an important higher education research base.
Annual Conference for International Forum on Higher Education
To expand the opening up of education, serve the "Belt and Road" initiative and enhance the communication and cooperation with world-class universities, CAHE hosts an Annual Conference for International Forum on Higher Education. Since 2000, the forum has been successfully held for 19 years, attracting experts and scholars from the United States, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Georgia, OECD and other countries (regions) as well as international organizations. The forum conducts in-depth discussion on the significant national and world-wide issues of higher education and has become an international academic summit and brand activity in the field.
Higher Education Expo China
To promote the deep integration of “government, industry, education, research and application”, advance the reform of teaching and learning in universities, exhibit advanced education research equipment and assist connotative development of higher education, CAHE has held a variety of demonstrations and exhibitions since 1992, with the autumn Expo in 2018 attracting over 25,000 teachers, students and experts from more than 1,120 universities and 1,000 enterprises. The Expo has become a leading high-quality, comprehensive and professional service platform in Asia. Higher Education Expo China has become an important window to show the achievements of China's higher education development, an important bridge for the government, universities and enterprises to make collaborative innovation and seek common development, and a national card to accelerate the modernization of higher education.
China Higher Education Research
The journal, China Higher Education Research, edited by CAHE, is playing an important role in publicizing and implementing the educational policies, promoting the studies on world-class modern higher education with Chinese characteristics, communicating and publicizing the theory and practice innovation of higher education and encouraging exchange of ideas in higher education researches. The journal is enlisted as the source journal of “Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index” (CSSCI), the Level-A core journal of AMI comprehensive valuation of Chinese Humanities and Social Sciences Journals, the core journal of “Chinese Journals”, and the economic-beneficial journal of “China Journal Matrix” etc. It is also widely recognized as one of the most authoritative journals in higher education research in China and ranks among the best in the domestic journal evaluation system.
China Higher Education Training Center
China Higher Education Training Center is committed to the mission of talents training, improving the quality of education and serving the reform and innovation of education. It integrates high-quality education resources both at home and abroad. The center provides high-quality and high-level training of education theories, education policies, teaching methods and professional skills to managerial staff and core teachers. Allied with domestic first-class universities, CAHE strives to build the center into a significant platform to serve China's higher education reform and development, share the experiences of administration of universities and talent training, and serve the cultivation of teachers and cadres.
International Cooperation and Exchanges
The new council of the CAHE attaches great importance to international academic cooperation and communication. In recent years, CAHE has carried out a series of successful academic activities, including "Serving the ‘the Belt and Road’ Initiative", "Constructing the Exchange Mechanism for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Universities Consortium", "Education Forum for Asia" and regularly sending academic delegations to visit our counterparts. These activities have enhanced humanities exchanges, expanded cooperation and promoted the sharing of academic achievements. CAHE has built up steady communication mechanism with the academic organizations from United States, UK, Canada, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and other countries. CAHE has made great contribution to building shared academic community of higher education.
Over the past 36 years, CAHE has made historic progress and impressive devotion to the academic research, the reforms, development and administration of higher education in China. We have also made contribution to exploring the new development models of national community organizations in the New Era and accumulated valuable experiences. We are ready for our new missions in the new era and expecting further achievements. Guided by Xi Jinping's thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, especially by Xi Jinping’s the important discussion on education. CAHE will be devoted to building domestic first-class higher education new-type think tanks, constructing an academic community with international influence, helping to facilitate the reform and development of higher education, and the country’s governance in higher education as well.