The perception of higher education as a public good: The case of Hong Kong

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Abstract

Higher education has long been seen as a public good that is crucial for the development of a nation-state and the generation of wealth. However, recent years have witnessed growing public concerns in many developed economies over the quality and marketization of higher education. Through an original telephone survey of a representative sample of Hong Kong’s population, this chapter discusses the public perception toward higher education in one of Asia’s global cities. The results suggest that the majority of the population considers higher education as a private good in which the students should be largely responsible for the cost of their education. Further analyses suggest that this perception is more popular among those who have received less education and have a lower income. Copyright © 2015. Palgrave Macmillan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRedefining Asia pacific higher education in contexts of globalization: Private markets and the public good
EditorsChristopher S. COLLINS, Deane E. NEUBAUER
Place of PublicationNew York and London
PublisherPalgrave Pivot
Pages8-23
ISBN (Electronic)9781137559203
ISBN (Print)9781137559197
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Lee, S.-y. (2015). The perception of higher education as a public good: The case of Hong Kong. In C. S. Collins, & D. E. Neubauer (Eds.), Redefining Asia pacific higher education in contexts of globalization: Private markets and the public good (pp. 8-23). New York and London: Palgrave Pivot.

Keywords

  • Public good
  • Higher education
  • Hong Kong

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