Global aspirations and strategising for world-class status: New form of politics in higher education governance in Hong Kong

Ka Ho Joshua MOK, Bing Leung Anthony CHEUNG

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Abstract

In the era of globalisation, competition has also become global. In higher education, countries worldwide are attaching increasing importance to international ranking exercises and subscribing to the ‘world-class universities’ paradigm, complemented by various strategies to benchmark with leading universities in order to enhance the global competitiveness of their universities. This is particularly so in Asia as it emerges as the centre of fast-growing economies of the world. Against this wider global policy backdrop, this article reviews major policies introduced and strategies employed by the government and universities/higher education institutions of Hong Kong in the quest for world-class status. It critically examines the ‘politics of competition’ among institutions for both state and non-state resources, in recruiting and retaining global talent, and in internationalising their curricula in order to achieve their global aspirations. It also explores the intra-institutional ‘politics’ within institutions involving tensions between teaching and research, and among different discipline areas. Copyright © 2011 Association for Tertiary Education Management and the L H Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-251
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Citation

Mok, K. H., & Cheung, A. B. L. (2011). Global aspirations and strategising for world-class status: new form of politics in higher education governance in Hong Kong. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(3), 231-251.

Keywords

  • Globalization
  • Hong Kong
  • Southeast Asia
  • Universities
  • World-class

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