Higher Education in Southeast Asia: Blurring Borders, Changing Balance

Higher Education in Southeast Asia: Blurring Borders, Changing Balance

by Anthony Welch

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Higher Education in Southeast Asia: Blurring Borders, Changing Balance by Anthony Welch

This is the first book to systematically chart and comparatively assess the trend towards private higher education in South East Asia. Caught between conflicting imperatives of spiralling demand, and limited resources, the balance between public and private higher education systems in South East, South, and East Asia has shifted markedly.

The author’s detailed case studies of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Viet Nam discuss and analyse significant policy issues and touch on key debates surrounding globalisation, including economic globalisation and structural adjustment, and the pressures of cultural globalisation, particularly the role of the English language. Debates surrounding the role of higher education in the ‘knowledge economy’, GATS and cross border trade in educational services are also treated, including the rise of offshore campuses in countries such as Malaysia and Viet Nam. What is argued is that we are witnessing not merely a changing balance between public and private sectors, but a blurring of borders between them, with public HEIs now often behaving more like private, for-profit institutions. The book charts and illustrates these trends, posing questions about their meaning, including issues of transparency, equity, and what the reforms might mean for traditional conceptions of public good in higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781136809064
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/31/2011
Series: Routledge Research On Public and Social Policy in Asia
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 198
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Anthony Welch is a policy specialist at the University of Sydney, Australia. He specialises in international higher education research.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter One: Reform and Change: Public and Private Higher Chapter Two: Malaysia: a Quest for the Best? Chapter Three: Privatising Higher Education in Thailand? Chapter Four: Quantity over Quality? Public and Private Higher Education in the Philippines. Chapter Five: Ho Chi Minh Meets the Market: Public and Private Higher Education in Viet Nam.

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