Technology and Workplace Skills for the Twenty-First Century: Asia Pacific Universities in the Globalized Economy

by Deane E. Neubauer and Kamila Ghazali (eds.)

International & Development Education

Publisher: New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Available From: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-1-137-49191-6
Binding: hardback
Pages: 224


Technology and Workplace Skills for the Twenty-First Century examines many of the rapid changes taking place at the intersection of workplace demands and higher education throughout the Asia Pacific region. The globalized, interdependent twenty-first century workforce is built around computing, communication, and automation. These characteristics have changed the ways in which higher education is connected to the workforce and raised the stakes for educating students for the changing workforce. In this book, scholars and education leaders throughout Asia Pacific and the US investigate how the changing needs of the workforce have shaped higher education's curriculum, methods, and orientation, and show how different Asia Pacific countries have responded differently to these challenges.

About the authors:
Deane E. Neubauer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA, and Co-Director of the Asian Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) at the East-West Center.

Kamila Ghazali is Associate Professor of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia.

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  1. Introduction

  2. Twenty First Century Work Skills and Competencies
  3. Social Media, Social Intelligence, and Emerging Trends in Higher Education Communication
  4. How to Survive and Thrive: Educating the Technologically Adept for Success in the Twenty-first Century
  5. Reshaping Higher Education for a Globalized Future

  6. Twentieth-first Century Engineering Education: KMUTT Imagineering Program
  7. Student Learning Through Active Learning: How Learning Commons Support Students' Independent Learning
  8. The Politicization of the PhD and the Employability of Doctoral Graduates: An Australian Case-Study in a Global Context
  9. US Public Higher Education: The Challenge to Lower Costs and Increase Access and Quality
  10. Teacher Education Innovation in Northeast Normal University of China: University-Governments-School Cooperation Model
  11. Graduate Competencies: Issues and Solutions of Graduate Employability in Malaysia
  12. Vietnam Higher Education and the Role of Learners in the Twenty-First Century
  13. Determining Quality and Relevance in US Universities: Who Should Decide? And How Should They Decide?
  14. Internship Programs of Higher Education in Taiwan: Cases from Fu Jen Catholic University
  15. Where from Here?


"Globalization, technology, degree qualifications, employment prospects, and innovation are all complex topics that accompany discussions about the future of higher education. Sorting through all of these issues and exploring models that aid in understanding what actually happens in higher education becomes more complex in an increasingly saturated market of commentary on colleges and universities. This volume makes a great contribution in digesting these critical issues by focusing on learning competencies and offering concrete examples of the most cutting edge approaches to higher education in the twenty-first century."

-Christopher S. Collins, Assistant Professor of Higher Education,
Azusa Pacific University, USA

"This book explores the terrain of higher education in a rapidly changing Asia Pacific region where technology of all forms plays a major role. It provides analyses of higher education efforts to adapt to this increasingly global environment in its chapters on a diverse range of topics. These topics examine the challenges that higher education faces through conceptual analyses of the dynamics at play and country-specific studies of how universities in different countries in the region have responded to these challenges. An invaluable guide to the changing landscape of higher education in the Asia Pacific region for scholars and practitioners alike, the blend of analysis from different contexts will also be essential reading for students in courses on higher education."

-Azirah Hashim, Professor in English Language and Linguistics
and Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute
and Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism,
University of Malaya, Malaysia

"In an increasingly globally interdependent economy, this book will make a significant contribution to the role that higher education will play in preparing its graduates for a constantly changing job market. Of particular importance is that this collection of essays recognizes the shift in the educational paradigm that will result from the rise in globalization and the explosion of information worldwide. It predicts that higher education will not only necessarily engage with the rapidly changing needs of the labor market and the increasing technological sophistication of their students, but also that it will contend with the need for faculty development in new technologies, engagement with digital modes of course delivery, and adaptation of decision making structures as it seeks to remain relevant to this new generation of learners."

-Valentina M. Abordonado, Assistant Dean for General Education,
Office of Academic Affairs, Hawai'i Pacific University, USA