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Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education

  • David W. Chapman
  • William K. Cummings
  • Gerard A. Postiglione
  • This volume examines various motivations, goals, mechanisms, outcomes and challenges associated with cross-border collaboration in higher education

  • A remarkable study of the delivery of citizenship education across the region

  • Written by experts


Part of the CERC Studies in Comparative Education book series (CERC, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Transformations in Higher Education: Crossing Borders and Bridging Minds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David W. Chapman, William K. Cummings, Gerard A. Postiglione
      Pages 1-22
  3. Issues and Perspectives

  4. China’s Global Adaptations

  5. National Experiences

  6. Comparative National Experiences

  7. The Hong Kong Crossing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317

About this book


This book examines issues that have emerged as higher education systems and individual institutions across East Asia confront and adapt to the changing economic, social, and educational environments in which they now operate. The book' s focus is on how higher education systems learn from each other and on the ways in which they collaborate to address new challenges. The sub-theme that runs through this volume concerns the changing nature of cross-border sharing. In particular, the provision of technical assistance by more industrialized countries to lower and middle income countries has given way to collaborations that place the latter' s participating institutions on a more equal footing. At the same time, there is a greater number of partnerships that link higher education systems in the East Asian region to one another. Even as boundaries become more porous and permeable, there is growing acceptance of the view that cross border collaboration, if done well, can offer mutually beneficial advantages on multiple levels. There is a new recognition that the intensified international sharing of ideas, strategies of learning, and students is not only of enormous value to systems and institutions but essential to their long term survival. To this end, the chapters in this volume examine various motivations, goals, mechanisms, outcomes and challenges associated with cross-border collaboration in higher education.

Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education  was awarded 1st place in the Annual Comparative and International Education Society's Higher Education SIG in the category Best in Book for 2009-2010 academic year.






Comparative Education Cross-Border Education East Asian Knowledge Systems Educational Exchanges

Editors and affiliations

  • David W. Chapman
    • 1
  • William K. Cummings
    • 2
  • Gerard A. Postiglione
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ArizonaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.The University of Hong KongHong KongChina

About the editors

David W. CHAPMAN is the Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in the College of Education and Human

Development at the University of Minnesota. He has worked in more than 45 developing countries, assisting national governments and international organizations in the areas of educational policy and planning, program design and evaluation. The author of over 125 journal articles and book chapters, he was awarded a Fulbright New Century Scholars grant for the 2007-08 academic year.

William K. CUMMINGS is Professor of International Education and International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been involved in development work for over 25 years, focusing on evaluation and monitoring, policy analysis, sector assessment, management analysis, and teacher

training. He has written extensively on the challenges of development and on models of successful development strategies, and has written or edited over 100 articles and 20 books or monographs. He is a past president of the Comparative and International Education Society.

Gerard A. POSTIGLIONE is Professor and Head of the Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education, and Director of the Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in

China, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. He has published 10 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. He has worked on higher education projects for the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Ford Foundation, and the Institute of International Education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education
  • Editors David W. Chapman
    William K. Cummings
    Gerard A. Postiglione
  • Series Title CERC Studies in Comparative Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-0445-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9638-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-0446-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 388
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
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