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Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia

Strategy, Quality, and Challenges

  • Jung Cheol Shin
  • Gerard A. Postiglione
  • Futao Huang

Part of the Knowledge Studies in Higher Education book series (KSHE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. National Strategy for Mass Higher Education

  3. Academics and Students in Mass Higher Education

  4. Challenges Facing Mass Higher Education

About this book


This book discusses mass higher education development in East Asian countries by means of three main issues: the strategy for higher education development; the way professors and students in the region are experiencing the rapid developments; and the challenges imposed by mass higher education. These challenges include the quality of education as well as structural changes in the rapidly developing systems, funding sources for supporting mass higher education, and job markets for college graduates.

"… This is by far the best book so far produced on the building of higher education in Asia and brings forward our understanding of issues and problems everywhere of rapid educational growth, the economic costs and contributions of education, capacity building in the academic profession and science, and lifting quality…"

Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education, University College London and Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Higher Education

“Higher education is the new ‘coin of the realm.’… This book outlines what is happening in a key region of the world. The authors are at the ‘top of their game’ and able to offer us breaking trends with trenchant analysis.”

William G. Tierney, University Professor & Co-director, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California

"… East Asia came to the "mass revolution" after North America and Europe, but has been deeply affected by it. This book provides an excellent multidimensional analysis of the key elements of massification as they affect this key region."

Philip G. Altbach, Research Professor and Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.

Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia is a well-researched book, bringing together an impressive group of renowned academics from the East and the West who offer a balanced assessment of the achievements and challenges in East Asian higher education…”

Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert, former World Bank Tertiary Education Coordinator.


Asian mass higher education challenges College Student Experience Survey Curriculum and instructional methods in mass higher education Higher education as a social system Higher education development in East Asia Mass Higher Education Mass and post-massified higher education Mass higher education's influence on instructors and students NSSE National Survey of Student Engagement Policy issues in Asian mass higher education Quality of Asian higher education School to university transition during mass higher education Strategy for higher education development in East Asia Transformative changes in higher education policy designs and the social context in higher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Jung Cheol Shin
    • 1
  • Gerard A. Postiglione
    • 2
  • Futao Huang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EducationSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina
  3. 3.Research Institute for Higher EducationHiroshima UniversityHiroshimaJapan

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“The volume is a timely collection. … This book is highly recommended to scholars and students who major in comparative education and higher education not only for the breadth of topics covered, but also for its scholarship. Policy makers and educational leaders paying attention to the changing reality of higher education will greatly benefit from having read this book. It will help them further understand the current situation and adjust reforms accordingly.” (Shuhua Liu, Higher Education, Vol. 72, 2016)