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Changing Higher Education in East Asia: A book symposium

24 March 2022, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

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In this webinar, Simon Marginson and Xin Xu will introduce their new book.

This event is free.

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East Asian higher education has common cultural roots in Chinese civilisation, each country has been shaped in different ways by western intervention, and all are building global strategies. Shared educational agendas are combined with long political tensions and rising national identities. Hope and fear touch each other.

What are the prospects for regional harmony-in-diversity? How do internationalisation and indigenisation interplay in higher education in this remarkable and brilliant region, once overshadowed by Western power and now coming back into its own, where so much of the future of humanity will be decided?

These issues are addressed in a new book from the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) 'Changing Higher Education in East Asia', edited by Simon Marginson and Xin Xu. The book brings together experts from Australia, China mainland, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK and Vietnam. Their chapters add new strands to the academic conversation about higher education in East Asia.

Simon and Xin will introduce the book 'Changing Higher Education in East Asia', and Olga Mun and Yunkyung Min will discuss their chapter ‘Global Public Good in Korea as Jeong’. A Q&A session will follow, chaired by Ka Ho Mok, who also contributed a chapter to this book ‘The Covid-19 Pandemic and International Higher Education in East Asia’. Other chapter authors will share the Q&A and discussion section of the webinar.

Issues covered include the role of higher education in furthering the global public and common good in different national contexts, world citizenship education, the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences, geopolitics and higher education development, cross-border academic mobility, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on regional student mobility, and future regionalisation in East Asia.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in higher education and China. 

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About the Speakers

Xin Xu

Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Her research concentrates on the globalisation and internationalisation of higher education and academic research.

Simon Marginson

Professor of Higher Education at University of Oxford

His research is focused primarily on global and international higher education, higher education in East Asia, the public and social contributions of higher education, and higher education and social equality. 

Ka Ho Mok

Chair Professor of Comparative Policy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong

He has extensively researched the fields of comparative education policy, comparative development and policy studies, and social development in contemporary China and East Asia. In particular, he has contributed to the field of social change and education policy in a variety of ways, not the least of which has been his leadership and entrepreneurial approach to the organisation of the field. 

Olga Mun

Co-convenor of the Philosophy of Education Reading Group at Department of Education, University of Oxford

Her core interest lies between the areas of social epistemology, research on research (RoR) and comparative and international education (CIE).

Yunkyung Min

Professor at Seoul National University