Global aspirations and strategising for world-class status: new form of politics in higher education governance in Hong Kong

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Author: Mok, Ka Ho; Cheung, Anthony B. L.

Abstract:

In the era of globalisation, competition has also become global. In higher education, countries worldwide are attaching increasing importance to international ranking exercises and subscribing to the ‘world-class universities’ paradigm, complemented by various strategies to benchmark with leading universities in order to enhance the global competitiveness of their universities. This is particularly so in Asia as it emerges as the centre of fast-growing economies of the world. Against this wider global policy backdrop, this article reviews major policies introduced and strategies employed by the government and universities/higher education institutions of Hong Kong in the quest for world-class status. It critically examines the ‘politics of competition’ among institutions for both state and non-state resources, in recruiting and retaining global talent, and in internationalising their curricula in order to achieve their global aspirations. It also explores the intra-institutional ‘politics’ within institutions involving tensions between teaching and research, and among different discipline areas.

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In the era of globalisation, competition has also become global. In higher education, countries worldwide are attaching increasing importance to international ranking exercises and subscribing to the ‘world-class universities’ paradigm, complemented by various strategies to benchmark with leading universities in order to enhance the global competitiveness of their universities. This is particularly so in Asia as it emerges as the centre of fast-growing economies of the world. Against this wider global policy backdrop, this article reviews major policies introduced and strategies ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Globalisation; Higher education; Management; Policy; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Educational policy; University; Strategic planning; Talent management; Organisational development; Aspirations

Geographic subjects: Hong Kong (China); Asia

Published: London, England: Carfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis, 2011

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Journal title: Journal of higher education policy and management

Journal volume : 33

Journal number: 3

Journal date: June 2011

Pages: pp. 231-251

ISSN: 1360-080X

Notes:
Special issue: ‘Leadership, culture and change in higher education: theory and practice in Southeast Asia’, guest edited by Philip Hallinger and Arild Tjeldvoll

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 104.392



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