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.
|Title of host publication||Redefining Asia pacific higher education in contexts of globalization: Private markets and the public good|
|Editors||Christopher S. COLLINS, Deane E. NEUBAUER|
|Place of Publication||New York and London|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
CitationLee, 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.
- Public good
- Higher education
- Hong Kong