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Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific

Strategic Responses to Globalization

  • Simon Marginson
  • Sarjit Kaur
  • Erlenawati Sawir
  • Reflects the growing role of the East in shaping our global future

  • The comprehensive and authoritative reference on higher education in emerging Asia

  • Includes extensive data on the extraordinary dynamism of education and research in China and other countries in the Confucian tradition—the fastest growing knowledge economies in the world today

  • Features warts-and-all coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of Asia-Pacific knowledge economies

  • Full of vital information for western universities and governments building educational relations with Asia


Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Simon Marginson, Sarjit Kaur, Erlenawati Sawir
      Pages 3-34
  3. Global and Regional Perspectives

  4. Asia-Pacific Institutional Strategies

  5. Asia-Pacific National Strategies

About this book


This survey provides unprecedented scope and detail of analysis on higher education in the Asia-Pacific region. In this era of global integration, convergence and comparison, the balance of power in worldwide higher education is shifting. In less than two decades the Asia-Pacific region has come to possess the largest and fastest growing higher education sector on Earth. The countries of East and Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific together enrol 50 million tertiary students, compared to 14 million in 1991, and will soon conduct a third of all research and development. In China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore, ‘world-class’ universities are emerging at breakneck pace, fostered by modernizing governments that see knowledge and skills as key to a future shaped equally by East and West, and supported by families deeply committed to education.

But not all Asia-Pacific countries are on this path, not all reforms are effective, and there are marked differences between nations in levels of resources, educational participation, research, state controls and academic freedom. Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic responses to globalization provides an authoritative survey of tertiary education in this diverse and dynamic region. Its 23 chapters, written by authors from a dozen different countries, focus successively on the Asia-Pacific as a whole, the strategies of individual universities, and national policies and strategies in response to the global challenge.


Asia-Pacific Development Education and research Global Globalization Government Policies Higher education Institutions and sytems Interconnectedness Knowledge economies Modernization Research Tertiary education Transformation Universities University entrepreneurship

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon Marginson
    • 1
  • Sarjit Kaur
    • 2
  • Erlenawati Sawir
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of, Higher Education (CSHE)University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2., English Studies Section, School of HumanUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia
  3. 3., International Education Research CentreCentral Queensland UniversityMelbourne, VictoriaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific
  • Book Subtitle Strategic Responses to Globalization
  • Editors Simon Marginson
    Sarjit Kaur
    Erlenawati Sawir
  • Series Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-1499-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3780-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-1500-4
  • Series ISSN 1571-0378
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 466
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    International and Comparative Education
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"No previous book has made such a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the issues concerning the higher education in Asia-Pacific in the era of globalization - and with so many prominent authors in the region, from such diversified backgrounds." 
Professor Futao Huang, Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Japan
“This book is a thoughtful analysis of a critical topic. The editors are as well versed as anyone on the issues and they have assembled a superb group of authors to analyze the challenges that confront countries and universities in the age of globalization.”
William G. Tierney, University Professor & Wilbur Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, Director Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
“This book offers a comprehensive and very timely analysis of the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific higher education region in the age of globalization.  Contributors to the book discuss the potentials and limits of national and institutional strategies for higher education within the wider economic, social and political context. The book is key to understanding the old and new powers in the Asia-Pacific and makes a major contribution in identifying the factors of success in higher education.”
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Enders, Director, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), School of Management and Governance, University of Twente, The Netherlands
“A comprehensive volume filled with thoughtful analysis; an insightful contribution to research on higher education in the Asia-Pacific.”
Glen A. Jones, Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement, University of Toronto