Higher education capacity for what? Balancing issues of equity, efficiency, choice, and excellence

W. James JACOB*, Weiyan XIONG

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Higher education expansion throughout the Asia Pacific region leads to multiple growth opportunities and challenges at local, national, regional, and global levels. Proactive policy initiatives that strive to increase access to the masses are automatically faced with several social justice issues, including equity, efficiency, and choice. Ultimately, the ability of higher education graduates to perform well in industry is a key to measuring the quality of their higher education experience. Too often the preparation of graduates with sufficient twenty-first century skills is inadequate, especially where graduates are competing not only with others in their graduating class but also with graduates across their respective country and the entire Asia Pacific region and beyond. In this chapter, we examine the important and dynamic roles equity, efficiency, choice, and excellence play in the current higher education capacity-building scene in the Asia Pacific region. Brief country case study examples are provided on Bangladesh, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, and Korea.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Asia Pacific Higher Education
EditorsChristopher S. COLLINS, Molly N. N. LEE, John N. HAWKINS, Deane E. NEUBAUER
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781137487391
ISBN (Print)9781137487384
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


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