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Technology and Workplace Skills for the Twenty-First Century

Asia Pacific Universities in the Globalized Economy

  • Editors
  • Deane E. Neubauer
  • Kamila Ghazali

Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Kamila Ghazali, Deane E. Neubauer
      Pages 1-6
  3. The Problematic

  4. Country Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Bundit Thipakorn, Klangjai S. Tawornpichayachai
      Pages 71-75
    3. Wei-Pen Tsai, Shang-Chi Gong, Mei-Tzu Chiang, Chen-Fon Lin
      Pages 185-198
    4. Deane E. Neubauer, Kamila Ghazali
      Pages 199-208
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-222

About this book


Technology and Workplace Skills for the Twenty-First Century examines many of the rapid changes taking place at the intersection of workplace demands and higher education throughout the Asia Pacific region. The globalized, interdependent twenty-first century workforce is built around computing, communication, and automation. These characteristics have changed the ways in which higher education is connected to the workforce and raised the stakes for educating students for the changing workforce. In this book, scholars and education leaders throughout Asia Pacific and the US investigate how the changing needs of the workforce have shaped higher education's curriculum, methods, and orientation, and show how different Asia Pacific countries have responded differently to these challenges.


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About the authors

W. James Jacob, University of Pittsburgh, USA Lindsey A. Gibson, Hawaii Pacific University, USA William A. Sodeman, Martin Methodist College, USA Debora Halbert, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, USA Bundit Thipakorn, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA Klangjai S. Tawornpichayachai, KMUTT Cluster for Educational Development (C4ED), Thailand Reiko Yamada, Doshisha University, Japan Denise Cuthbert, RMIT University, Australia Tebeje Molla, Monash University, Australia Linda Johnsrud, University of Texas, USA Guangping Li Shukran Abdul Rahman, International Islamic University Malaysia Koo Yew Lie, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia Nguyen Thi My Ngoc, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam A. Lee Fritschler, George Mason University, USA Arthur M. Hauptman, USA Wei-Pen Tsai, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan Shang-Chi Gong, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan Mei-Tzu Chiang, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan Chen-Fon Lin, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

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"Globalization, technology, degree qualifications, employment prospects, and innovation are all complex topics that accompany discussions about the future of higher education. Sorting through all of these issues and exploring models that aid in understanding what actually happens in higher education becomes more complex in an increasingly saturated market of commentary on colleges and universities. This volume makes a great contribution in digesting these critical issues by focusing on learning competencies and offering concrete examples of the most cutting edge approaches to higher education in the twenty-first century." - Christopher S. Collins, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University, USA

"This book explores the terrain of higher education in a rapidly changing Asia Pacific region where technology of all forms plays a major role. It provides analyses of higher education efforts to adapt to this increasingly global environment in its chapters on a diverse range of topics. These topics examine the challenges that higher education faces through conceptual analyses of the dynamics at play and country-specific studies of how universities in different countries in the region have responded to these challenges. An invaluable guide to the changing landscape of higher education in the Asia Pacific region for scholars and practitioners alike, the blend of analysis from different contexts will also be essential reading for students in courses on higher education." Azirah Hashim, Professor in English Language and Linguistics and Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute and Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism, University of Malaya, Malaysia

"In an increasingly globally interdependent economy, this book will make a significant contribution to the role that higher education will play in preparing its graduates for a constantly changing job market. Of particular importance is that this collection of essays recognizes the shift in the educational paradigm that will result from the rise in globalization and the explosion of information worldwide. It predicts that higher education will not only necessarily engage with the rapidly changing needs of the labor market and the increasing technological sophistication of their students, but also that it will contend with the need for faculty development in new technologies, engagement with digital modes of course delivery, and adaptation of decision making structures as it seeks to remain relevant to this new generation of learners." - Valentina M. Abordonado, Assistant Dean for General Education, Office of Academic Affairs, Hawai'i Pacific University, USA