Asian Universities: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges

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Since 1980, higher education access and endorsement have grown more dramatically in Asia than in any other area of the world. Both developed and developing nations are witnessing rapid expansion in the higher education sector. Nor is this progress entirely quantitative: a number of Asian universities are on a par with the finest institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Europe. Until now, however, there has been little historical analysis and virtually no comparative ...

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Since 1980, higher education access and endorsement have grown more dramatically in Asia than in any other area of the world. Both developed and developing nations are witnessing rapid expansion in the higher education sector. Nor is this progress entirely quantitative: a number of Asian universities are on a par with the finest institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Europe. Until now, however, there has been little historical analysis and virtually no comparative analysis of Asian higher education.

This volume offers a detailed comparative study of the emergence of the modern university in Asia, linking the historical development of universities in the region with contemporary realities and future challenges. The contributors describe higher education systems in eleven countries—Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Phillippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Japan—and explore similarities and differences through two comparative essays. Each case study includes a discussion of the nature and influence of both indigenous and European educational traditions; a detailed analysis of development patterns; and a close examination of such contemporary issues as population growth and access, cost, the role of private higher education, the research system, autonomy, and accountability.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880360
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

Philip G. Altbach is the Monan Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He is the coeditor of American Higher Education in the Twenty-first Century and In Defense of American Higher Education, both available from Johns Hopkins. Toru Umakoshi is a professor of higher education in the Graduate School at Obirin University in Japan and president of the Japan Comparative Education Society.

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Table of Contents

1 The past and future of Asian universities : twenty-first century challenges 13
2 Private higher education in Asia : transitions and development 33
3 Chinese higher education : the legacy of the past and the context of the future 53
4 Higher education in India : massification and change 85
5 Japanese higher education : contemporary reform and the influence of tradition 115
6 Korean higher education : history and future challenges 145
7 Singapore : small nation, big plans 175
8 Thai universities : past, present, and future 201
9 Malaysian universities : toward equality, accessibility, and quality 221
10 The evolution of higher education in Indonesia 249
11 The Philippines : past, present, and future dimensions of higher education 279
12 Universities in Vietnam : legacies, challenges, and prospects 301
13 Cambodian higher education : mixed visions 333
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