The quest for world-class university status : implications for sustainable development of Asian universities

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With the strong intention to rank highly in global university leagues, Asian
governments are exerting serious efforts to boost their universities’ global
competitiveness. The massification of higher education (HE) in Asia has also
generated growing concern for graduates confronting under- and unemployment.
Within this policy context, this study investigates the major challenges confronting
HE in Asia and examines the specific purpose of higher education. With particular
focus on addressing the growing diversity of learning needs, this study critically
examines the role of liberal arts education in Asia, specifically exploring the
importance of role differentiation and fit-for-purpose education for sustainable
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCentre for Global Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

Publication series

NameCentre for Global Higher Education Working Paper Series
PublisherUCL Institute of Education
ISSN (Print)2398-564X


Bibliographical note

The support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) is gratefully acknowledged.

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