The Global Schoolhouse: Governing Singapore’s Knowledge Economy Aspirations
Singapore ’s goal to re-build itself into an innovation-driven economy with world-class capabilities has opened new opportunities and challenges for its universities. This chapter analyses the Global Schoolhouse, a key education policy platform that aims to transform Singapore into a “knowledge-based economy”. Two Global Schoolhouse initiatives are examined—the alliance between Singapore and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and the institutional restructuring aimed at re-modelling the National University of Singapore into a “global knowledge enterprise”. More than an effort to re-structure the mission and governance of Singapore ’s universities, the Global Schoolhouse can be read as part of a broader initiative to re-engineer the institution of citizenship, creating tensions between equity and Singapore ’s new brand of meritocracy. This chapter concludes with a discussion of the possibility of new regionalization initiatives for Singapore ’s universities and new avenues for knowledge creation it potentially represents.
KeywordsInternational Student Transnational Education Economic Nationalism Knowledge Enterprise Foreign Talent
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