Internationalization of Higher Education in East Asia: Trends of student mobility and impact on education governance, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Internationalization of Higher Education in East Asia

Trends of student mobility and impact on education governance, 1st Edition

Edited by Ka-Ho Mok, Kar Ming Yu


256 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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The rise in demand for higher education in the Asia-Pacific region is an undeniable reflection of the growing pace of globalization and the subsequent pressures imposed by it. Aspiring to become globally competitive and to position favourably in the global university league tables, governments in Asia have either engaged in a serious quest to become a regional education hub or they have concentrated on developing transnational higher education to create more opportunities, in order to meet their citizens’ pressing demand for higher education.

Internationalization of Higher Education in East Asia critically examines and provides comparative perspectives on the major strategies that selected Asian countries and societies have adopted to transform their higher education sector and enhance their national competitiveness in the increasingly globalized world.

This volume by leading scholars in the field of education development and policy studies makes critical reflections on how Asian governments in particular and universities in general have responded to the growing challenges of globalization by promoting more internationalization, student mobility and entrepreneurship in higher education. This book is an essential collection for policy makers, researchers and postgraduate students studying higher education, Asian education and international education.


"Key strengths of this volume include the breadth and varied approaches taken to examining a range of topics related to internationalization in East Asia and the quality of writing of the contributing authors. The chapters are largely complementary and they flow well, with only a few unnecessary areas of overlap, for example on education hubs. The book will have wide appeal, being a must-read for policy makers, researchers and students. Readers will benefit from staying up-to-date with the latest trends, ideas and thinking that is currently impacting upon higher education in East Asia." - Stephen Wilkins, Plymouth University and Visiting Lecturer at Hong University SPACE

"The spectacular rise of higher education in all its contemporary forms in East Asia constitutes one of the most important instances of human capital growth in recent history. This volume provides a most useful conceptual framework for these events coupled with original data that will be of value to scholars, policy makers and students." - Deane Neubauer, Professor, East-West Centre, University of Hawaii, Hawaii

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - The Quest for Regional Hub Status and Transnationalization of Higher Education 2. Education Hubs: Focus on Student Mobility, Human Resource Development and Knowledge Production 3. Managing Human Capital in World Cities: The Development of Hong Kong into an Education Hub 4. Education and Human Capital Management in a World City: The Case of Singapore 5. Cross-border Educational Collaboration between Taiwan and China: The implications for Educational Governance 6. Hai Gui and Hai Dai: The Job-seeking Experiences of High-skilled Returnees to China 7. Transnational Higher Education and Challenges for University Governance in China 8. The Internationalization of Higher Education in Malaysia and South Korea: Student Mobility and Learning Experiences 9. Mobility, Migration and the Road to the Innovative University: Implications for the Asia Pacific Region 10. The Long-Term Internationalization of Higher Education in Japan: A Survery of Non-Japanese Faculty Members in Japanese Universities 11. Regional Cooperation or The extension of Domestic Education? The Implementation of Offshore Education in Taiwan 12. Trading on the West’s Strength: The Dilemma of Transnational Higher Education in East Asia 13. Paradox or Parody? Globalization and Internationalization of Higher Education

About the Editors

Ka Ho Mok is the Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Director of the Centre for Greater China Studies and Acting Vice President (Research and Development) of The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). He also serves as Changjiang Chair Professor of Zhejiang University, a distinguished national chair professorship conferred by the Ministry of Education in China since 2010.

Kar Ming Yu is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at HKIEd and is concurrently Director, Associate Degree Studies of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at HKIEd.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.

The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Comparative
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration