Higher Education Regionalization in Asia Pacific: Implications for Governance, Citizenship and University Transformation


John N. Hawkins, Ka Ho Mok, and Deane E. Neubauer (eds.)

International & Development Education


New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-137-00287-7
Binding: hardcover
Pages: xvi, 215


The Asia Pacific region is rapidly developing a wide variety of organizations and interactive patterns that are reflective of its increasing role in global economic and political engagements. Higher education constitutes a distinct sphere of activity within this overall pattern of regionalization. Within this larger pattern, however, are important, observable differences in how national development persists in some instances but is overcome in others by the forces propelling regionalization. This volume seeks to provide a useful conceptual structure for the description and analysis of these phenomena, illustrated by insightful case studies of the role performed in this overall trend of individual nations toward regionalization.



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Part I  Conceptual Issues
  1. Introduction: Some Dynamics of Regionalization in Asia-Pacific Higher Education
  2. A Conceptual Framework for the Regionalization of Higher Education: Application to Asia
  3. Regional Cooperation in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific
  4. The Function of Regional Networks in East Asian Higher Education

    Part II  Country Studies
  5. Japanese Higher Education and Multilateral Initiatives in East Asia
  6. China in the Emerging Reality of Asia Regional Higher Education
  7. Locating Indonesia within the Emergent Regionalism of Southeast Asian Higher Education
  8. The Philippines and the Global Labor Market: An Emergent Form of Trans-regional Influence on Philippine Higher Education

    Part III  Regulatory and Governance Dimensions
  9. Cooperation and Competition in Tango: Transnationalization of Higher Education and the Emergence of Regulatory Regionalism in Asia
  10. Institutional Autonomy in the Restructuring of University Governance
  11. The Challenges of Regionalism and Harmonization for Higher Education in Asia
  12. The Dynamics of Regionalization in Contemporary Asia-Pacific Higher Education


"The world is developing in a complex and even contradicting process of nationalization, regionalization, and globalization. Higher Education Regionalization in Asia Pacific opens the door to observing and critically examining issues related to such complicated phenomena in Asia Pacific"

-Xu Xiaozhou, dean, professor, and UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship Education,
College of Education, Zhejiang University, P.R. China

"Regionalization, governance and citizenship represent a crucial triad of educational issues throughout the Asia Pacific region. This recent volume by the IFE 2020 group at the East-West Center provides a superbly documented book that is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of higher education in the region. The editors and authors offer fascinating new perspectives on old questions of the viability of regionalization in the context of rising nationalism with serious implications for the future of higher education. The answers the chapters provide are both compelling and challenging to educational policy makers in the region."

-Toyoshi Satow, chancellor, J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan