Tin Ka Ping Education College of Northwest Normal University, China
In the context of globalization, exchange and cooperation among countries, tertiary institutions and those between tertiary institutions, governments and enterprises are rapidly increased. The role of higher education for serving the society is subjected to influences of market demands and macro-orientation of governments. Such change brings enormous challenges to the paradigm of cultivating talents in terms of quantity, quality and standards. This leads to emergence of cooperative, demand and supply, distributary, leadership and poverty paradigms in modes and development of higher education.
However, a tendency of an international paragdigm based on inter-disciplinary cooperation, a skill-based instrumental paradigm, an elite paradigm oriented towards cultivating leaders and a popularized comprehensive-based paradigm surfaces in the development of higher education. This shows a general picture of pluralistic integration and symbiotic relationship between harmony and cooperation.