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Questing for internationalization of universities in Asia : critical reflections
Journal of Studies in International Education
  • Ka Ho, Joshua MOK, University of Bristol, UK
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Journal article
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Sage Publications, Inc.
  • internationalization,
  • university,
  • Asia,
  • new imperialism

Globalization and the evolution of the knowledge-based economy have caused dramatic changes to the character and functions of higher education in most countries around the world. One major trend related to reforming and restructuring universities in Asia that has emerged is the adoption of strategies along the lines of the Anglo-Saxon paradigm in internationalizing universities in Asia with the intention to make the higher education systems more globally competitive. The principal goal of this article is to critically reflect on internationalization of universities in Asia. The first half of the article focuses on strategies in internationalizing universities in Asia, and the second half of the article discusses key issues related to the internationalization of universities in Asia, especially examining the implications for following the Anglo-Saxon paradigm in transforming and internationalizing the university systems in Asia.

Publisher Statement
Part of the findings of this article are generated from recent field observations and field interviews conducted by the author in selected East and Southeast Asian societies, including China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand in 2004 to 2006. The article was supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. CityU 1276/03H). Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.
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Mok, K. H. (2007). Questing for internationalization of universities in Asia: Critical reflections. Journal of Studies in International Education, 11(3/4), 433-454. doi: 10.1177/1028315306291945