Looking for The Ideal University: A Phenomenological Examination
Phenomenology as an important philosophical school has generated a broad and deep influence on humanities and social sciences. It was until the end of the 20th century that it influenced Chinese academics in education while exterted very little impact on higher education studies. After turning into new century， along with the rapid higher education massification， the meaning of higher education changed， and the value of individual lives has been increasingly becoming an influential issue. Unquestionably， traditional research paradigms are useful and valuable for discussing the grand topics， but they are poor at disclosing a micro world of individuals. However phenomenology can deal with this very well. Phenomenology focuses on life world and offers tools to deal with the obstacles from Scientism. From the perspective of Phenomenology ，the mission of higher education is no more than to realize self-emancipation of individuals ，and the purpose of higher education research is to look for the ideal university for people who live in the university， find a good way of self-emancipation， and get rid of the constrains from managerialism. Essential Intuition of Phenomenology can provide an effective guide for the transition of higher education research on the methodology wise and lead the research entering the people’s inner world as soon as possible，and bring it toward the real life world.