Confucianism is a far-reaching and multifaceted philosophy that has had a long-lasting influence on Chinese higher education. After being institutionalized in the early 2nd century BCE, Confucianism dominated the development of Chinese higher education, defining its mission and curriculum and other fundamental characteristics such as diversity. It has also had a tremendous impact on higher education in other East Asian societies such as those of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In recent decades, with the rise of China as a world economic power, Confucianism has made a comeback domestically and globally.

A photo of the Confucian Bronze, taken in the Yushima Temple, December 16, 2003. As a quasi-religion, Confucianism has had a tremendous influence on higher education in East Asian societies for centuries. The Confucian Bronze, ...

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