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Reflections on change : aid and higher education in the South Pacific
Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (2003)
  • Elizabeth Cassity, University of Western Sydney
Abstract
While Australian aid to the South Pacific has been a topic of policy discourse, regional complexities and engagement with educational, cultural, and political sovereignties in relation to aid have been largely neglected as a point of analysis. There is a rich history of discourse from the region, specifically the University of the South Pacific (USP) that indicates a more negotiated foreign aid policy program. In the context of the South Pacific, how are issues of relevance, race, and access played out in higher education? How can bilateral aid relations be analysed to understand issues of power and institutional contradictions in the higher education context? By using a comparative historical approach, this paper critically examines the aforementioned questions from the development of the USP and its relationship with aid to the present issues that impact the USP, most notably continuing aid and globalisation. Development in higher education has meant profound social and cultural change. The location of power appears diffuse. Two opposing arguments emerge, then, about aid and development. First, that aid has contributed to underdevelopment; and, the second argument that aid has provided increased opportunities for people in the region. [Author abstract]
Keywords
  • Developing countries,
  • Institutional survival,
  • Economic development,
  • Educational history,
  • Educational opportunities,
  • Empowerment,
  • Globalisation,
  • International aid,
  • International relations,
  • Pacific Islanders,
  • Power structure,
  • Regional programs,
  • Social change,
  • Universities,
  • Higher education,
  • South Pacific Region
Publication Date
December, 2003
Location
Wollongong, NSW
Citation Information
Elizabeth Cassity. "Reflections on change : aid and higher education in the South Pacific" Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elizabeth-cassity/15/