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CGHE seminar 9 - Three doctoral studies in higher education: investigating Mexico, Taiwan and Indonesia

07 April 2016, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

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Room 828, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Centre for Global Higher Education

Please join us for a lunchtime seminar hosted by the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), UCL Institute of Education.

Leadership, organisational culture and quality assurance systems: their impact in the performance of Technological Universities in México (Lorena Carrillo)

In recent decades, massification, diversification, privatisation and internationalisation have radically changed tertiary education. These developments make it more important than ever to secure the quality of processes, services and outcomes of tertiary education. In pursuing quality-centred goals, a variety of policies and practices have been implemented. The aim of this research is to investigate the impact on the performance of the Technological Universities in Mexico of three specific aspects of higher education: leadership, organisational culture, and quality assurance systems. The analysis will be focused on the role of human interactions. These three aspects have been the subject of many studies in multiple contexts, but mainly independently of one another.

Taiwan's international student policy: gaps between policy intentions and policy implementation (Dai-Ying Yang)

Taiwan's Ministry of Education has put forward several plans to encourage higher education institutions to enroll international students and provide support services. It has set up mechanisms such as subsidisation plans and evaluation systems to steer universities towards its intended policy goals. However, due to the different characteristics of Taiwan's universities and the differing agency of its policy actors, there may be a gap between policy goals and policy implementation. The purpose of this study is to identify and explain any such gap and its implications. Methods adopted in this study are document analysis and semi-structured interviews. Six government officials and seventy-two academic and non-academic staff in four types of universities in Taiwan will be invited to share their working-life accounts.

Negotiated order: equity, accountability and quality in Indonesian higher education (Elisa Brewis)

Higher education systems are increasingly pitched as 'powerhouses of development' in low and middle income countries (Naidoo 2011). The government of Indonesia has iterated the important role that higher education needs to play in the national development agenda - both in terms of higher education as a generator of economic productivity and innovation, as well as in terms of higher education as a vehicle for consolidating social cohesion in a religiously and ethnically diverse country. Equity, accountability and quality reforms have been introduced to achieve this end. But what is the political significance of these reforms in the context of post-authoritarian Indonesia, and neo-liberalisation of higher education more generally? How have actors beyond the policymaking sphere, such as advocacy groups and universities themselves, ultimately shaped policy outcomes? I will address these questions using qualitative content analysis of ten recent higher education reforms, and a multi-site case study of three Indonesian universities.

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