Title

Higher education transformations for global competitiveness : policy responses, social consequences and impact on the academic profession in Asia

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Higher Education Policy

Publication Date

3-1-2015

Volume

28

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

15

Keywords

managing global cities, massification of higher education, labour market, regional education hub, entrepreneurial university

Abstract

Since the mid-1990s, the pressure of globalization and the pressing demands of a knowledge economy led to a series of educational reforms. The focus of these was the promotion of quality education and massification of higher education. After the Asian financial crisis in 1997, the governments in different parts of Asia have implemented comprehensive reforms to their higher education systems in order to enhance their global competiveness. Confronted with increasing pressure for global university ranking, governments and universities in Asia have tried to adopt different strategies in terms of special funding schemes, and different forms of measures in shaping teaching, learning and research activities to enhance their global ranking. This article sets out against the context briefly outlined above to highlight major higher education transformations for global competitiveness, with particular reference to discuss policy responses, social consequences, and impact on the academic profession in Asia especially when major attention is geared towards the quest for global university ranking among universities in Asia.

DOI

10.1057/hep.2014.27

Print ISSN

09528733

E-ISSN

17403863

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Recommended Citation

Mok, K. H. (2015). Higher education transformations for global competitiveness: Policy responses, social consequences and impact on the academic profession in Asia. Higher Education Policy, 28(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1057/hep.2014.27