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Innovations in Asian Higher Education

1st Edition

Edited by Zhou Zhong, Hamish Coates, Shi Jinghuan


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This Asian Higher Education Outlook (AHEO) series is produced in collaboration with the Asian Universities Alliance (AUA), a network of 15 leading universities. This book focuses on education innovation in the world’s biggest higher education region. With contributions from every AUA university, the book articulates innovations in teaching innovation, reforms in doctoral education, and maturing forms of online and mobile education.

The book reveals the growing role universities are playing in sustainable development, charts strategies for boosting universities’ social contributions, and reviews the futures being designed by these leading universities. The book offers case studies and authoritative insights from primary research, and reveals trends in policy and practice.

It is a must-read for people working anywhere in the world with an interest in higher education.


“This volume features a unique pan-Asian perspective on education innovation. It will be an invaluable resource for educators seeking to understand the rapid transformation of higher education in Asia.”

Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of National University of Singapore

“The Asian Universities Alliance is a group of leading universities of Asia and the member universities of the Alliance are all engaged deeply with the education sector of their respective nations. Published by the Asian Universities Alliance with contributions from scholars of the Alliance Universities, this book gives a very authentic perspective on the recent developments and prospects for the future of the Asian education sector. The book includes chapters on innovations in teaching, doctoral education, online learning, social engagement, promotion of sustainability and university transformation. Each chapter has case studies based on the experience of the universities. The publication contains information and insights that would be useful for educationists in Asia and around the world and I commend the efforts of the editorial team, led by Dr Zhou Zhong, Professor Hamish Coates and Professor Jinghuan Shi, for producing this important work.”

Professor Devang Khakhar, former President of IIT Bombay

“The Asian Universities Alliance is an important global development and so is this book – a lively and informative pathway into the most dynamic higher education region in the world today. Essential reading both for those who know the region already and those who want to learn fast.”

Professor Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

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List of abbreviations

About the editors

About the authors

1 Education innovation in Asian higher education

Zhou Zhong, Hamish Coates, and Jinghuan Shi

2 Teaching innovations

Hamish Coates, Lu Liu, Xi Hong, Xi Gao, and Liu Liu

3 Tracing the development of next-generation doctorates

Hamish Coates, Darkhan Bilyalov, Heejin Lim, Mohamed Madi, See Zein, Jiewei Wu, and Khin Khin Oo

4 Education innovation through online and mobile learning

Ding Guan, James Z. Lee, Zhou Zhong, Hamish Coates, and Lu Liu

5 New models of university social engagement in Asia

Milind Sohoni, Oshin Dharap, Juliana Othman, Tharushika Pathiranage, Marie Perera, and Indah Widyahening

6 The role of universities in promoting sustainability in Asia

Jing Liu and Yuto Kitamura

7 University futures: strategies for education development

Mohamed Madi, Zhou Zhong, Keshia Lai Shu-Hui, and Xi Hong

8 Balancing the scales: the urgent need for leading educational innovation

Zhou Zhong, Hamish Coates, and Jinghuan Shi


About the Editors

Zhou Zhong is Associate Professor at the Institute of Education, Tsinghua University.

Hamish Coates is Tenured Professor at Tsinghua University’s Institute of Education, Director of the Higher Education Research Division, and Deputy Director of the Tsinghua University Global Research Centre for the Assessment of College and Student Development.

Jinghuan Shi is Tenured Professor and Director of the Academic Committee at Tsinghua University’s Institute of Education.

About the Series

Asian Higher Education Outlook

Higher education in Asia plays an instrumental and transformative role in many millions of lives. A diverse array of universities has grown to serve far-reaching academic and social purposes in elevating people from poverty, cultivating professional workers, and solving complex problems. Asia’s flagship universities have forged a particularly distinctive agenda, educating national leaders, pioneering institutional reforms, and contributing globally influential research.

Yet the world knows remarkably little about Asian higher education, perhaps due to the scale, speed, recency and diversity of growth. This book series responds to the pressing need to learn more. Touching on a range of topics, the books tackle major challenges, document practical insights, and explore imaginative directions.

Everyone interested in higher education will enjoy this series. This includes people studying education, public policy and management, professionals for whom knowledge about this domain is advantageous, faculty and institution leaders, and experts in government and related institutions.

The series is supported by Asia’s leading universities. Each book is curated by experienced editors and drafted by prominent scholars working across a wide range of fields. The topics are framed to be of contemporary and enduring relevance. The analyses are designed to document and impel the continuing and robust formation of higher education in Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / Higher
EDUCATION / Comparative