Hybridization and higher education governance in Hong Kong

Yat Wai LO

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This paper examines the relevance of hybridization to the development of higher education (HE) governance in Hong Kong. It begins by briefly reviewing conceptual issues about HE governance. Based on these conceptual elements, an analytical framework is then proposed to understand the institutional balance of power in university systems and the cultural equilibrium in the academia. Afterwards, an overview of the key features of HE governance in Hong Kong is presented. Three controversial incidents involving the individual academic freedom and institutional autonomy of universities that occurred in Hong Kong after 1997 are also studied. Given that these incidents are linked with the social and political changes in postcolonial Hong Kong, the controversial incidents and associated confrontations in the university sector are regarded as signals of an ongoing hybridization process in the city. Such a process indicates a continued East–West cultural divide in the arenas of HE governance and academic culture. Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-27
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
Issue number1
Early online dateMay 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Lo, W. Y. W. (2018). Hybridization and higher education governance in Hong Kong. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 11(1), 14-27. doi: 10.1080/17516234.2017.1328725


  • Hybridization
  • Higher education governance
  • University autonomy
  • Academic freedom
  • Accountability


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