Title

Introduction : paradigm shift or business as usual : the search for new governance in higher education in Asia

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

The search for new governance of higher education in Asia

Publication Date

1-1-2010

First Page

1

Last Page

11

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract

Institutions of higher education in Asia, as in other parts of the world, have experienced intense pressure to perform well in order to be in a better position to compete on a global level and attain world-class status (Mok and Wei 2008). One way of achieving the goal is to secure a top position in the global university league tables. Since the launch of the first global university ranking exercise by the Shanghai Jiaotung University, universities in Asia have been particularly keen to improve their world-class status. As Salmi rightly points out, “these world-class universities are now more than just cultural and educational institutions—they are points of pride and comparison among nations that view their own status in relation to other nations” (2009, x). With the recent proliferation of ranking exercises, more systematic assessments for world-class universities have emerged (IHEP 2007). The principal goal of this introduction is to establish the theoretical context for the present volume by highlighting a few key issues related to the search for new governance in higher education among selected Asian societies. We also introduce the major arguments discussed in this book.

DOI

10.1057/9780230111554_1

Publisher Statement

Copyright © Ka-Ho Mok 2010

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9780230620315

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Mok, K.-H. (2010). Introduction: Paradigm shift or business as usual: The search for new governance in higher education in Asia. In K.-H. Mok (Ed.), The search for new governance of higher education in Asia (pp.1-11). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9780230111554_1

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