Contesting Globalisation and Implications for Higher Education in the Asia–Pacific Region: Challenges and Prospects

Ka Ho MOK*, Zhiqiang WANG, Deane NEUBAUER

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Setting out against the context of the rise of anti-globalism and the resurgence of nationalism, the first half of the article reviews and discusses the debates of anti-globalism and the resurgence of nationalism as well as their effects on educational development. The second half of the article provides the overview of the special issue. More specially, it will highlight the major arguments presented by the contributors, who are experts in higher education policy and governance studies. The arguments particularly examine how the governments in the Asia–Pacific region have promoted nationalism, on the one hand, and globalisation, on the other hand. Next, we review how nationalism has resurged in higher education policy debates where globalisation is widely contested in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-411
Number of pages15
JournalHigher Education Policy
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020

Bibliographical note

The authors want to thank John Hawkins for sharing his observations and reflections on how globalisation affects internationalisation of higher education, resulting to anti-globalism and critical analysis of international higher education. Several ideas presented in this paper benefitted from the discussion with him and other participants in an international symposium held at Lingnan University in October 2017.


  • education quality
  • international education
  • learning opportunities
  • higher education
  • globalization


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