The Emergent Knowledge Society and the Future of Higher Education

Asian Perspectives

Edited by Deane E. Neubauer

© 2011 – Routledge

224 pages

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pub: 2013-10-07
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pub: 2011-12-13

About the Book

The nature of higher education is by no means fixed: it has evolved over time; different models of higher education co-exist alongside each other at present; and, worldwide, there are demands for higher education to change to better help support economic growth and to better fit chagning social and economic circumstances. This book examines, from an Asian perspective, the debates about how higher education should change. It considers questions of funding, and of who will attend universities, and the fundamental question of what universities are for, especially as the three key funcations of universities - knowledge creation through research, knowledge dissemination through teaching and service, and knowledge conservation through libraries, the disciplinary structuring of knowledge and in other ways - are increasingly being carried out much more widely outside universities in the new "knowledge society". Throughout, the book discusses the extent to which the countries of East Asia are developing new models of higher education, thereby better preparing themselves for the "new "knowledge society", rather than simply following old Western models.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Deane Neubauer 2. Information and innovation in a global knowledge society: Implications for higher education - Peter Hershock 3. The transformation of research in the knowledge society: the U.S. experience - John Hawkins 4. Aligning universities and higher education systems with the challenges of emergent knowledge economies - Richard James 5. What should we teach? Making higher education curricular choices in an era of rapidly expanding knowledge - Hazman Shah and Viyayan Abdullah 6. Higher education knowledge economy: Challenges for Taiwan - Hsiou-Hsia Tai 7. The role of universities amidst the challenges of the knowledge society - Charas Suwanwela 8. Linking graduate and undergraduate education in the knowledge society: exploring key quality issues from a Japanese perspective - Akira Akimoto 9. Quality, structure and change: the response of the Malaysian higher education system to challenges of the knowledge society - Dato Syed Hussein, Balakrishna Vassu and Zita Mohd Fahmi 10. Quality assurance issues in Korean higher education: The challenges of an emergent knowledge society - Hyun-Chong Lee 11. Asserting brain power and expanding educational services: Searching for new governance and regulatory regimes in Singapore and Hong Kong - Ka Ho Mok and Kok Chung Ong 12. Higher education counseling: Keeping pace with rapidly changing learning environments - Rose Marie Salazar-Clemena 13. Higher education and gender issues in the knowledge economy: Who studies what, why and where? - Karuna Chanana 14. The end of the university as we know it? - Deane Neubauer 15. The changing social ecology of higher education - Deane Neubauer

About the Editor

Deane Neubauer currently serves as Senior Advisor to the International Forum for Education 2020 at the East-West Center, and as Senior Research Fellow to the Globalization Research Center, University of Hawaii, Manoa. He recently co-edited Access, Capacity and Equity in Asia Pacific Higher Education.

About the Series

Comparative Development and Policy in Asia

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of development and policy in Asia. 

The scope of the series is broad, and aims to cover both comparative and single country studies, including work from a range of disciplines.  With particular reference to how Asian states have coped with the growing challenges of globalising economies and the ways in which national governments in Asia have changed their public policy strategies and governance models in order to sustain further economic growth, the series will bring together development studies, and public policy and governance analysis, and will cover subjects such as: economic development; governance models; the factors underpinning the immense economic achievements of different countries; the social, political, cultural, and environmental implications of economic restructuring; public policy reforms; technological and educational innovation; international co-operation; and the fate and political impact of people who have been excluded from the growth.  The series will include both empirical material and comparative analysis; and both single authored books and edited collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Comparative
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General