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Massification of higher education and challenges for graduate employment and social mobility : East Asian experiences and sociological reflections
International Journal of Educational Development
  • Ka Ho, Joshua MOK, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Jin JIANG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
5-25-2017
Publisher
Pergamon Press
Keywords
  • Massification of higher education,
  • Graduate employment,
  • Social mobility,
  • East Asian
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Abstract

In the last few decades, we have witnessed a rapid expansion of higher education in Asia, resulting in the massification and marketization of higher education. Nonetheless, previous comparative research has indicated that the rapid expansion of higher education may not necessarily enhance upward social mobility but rather intensify inequality in education, especially when higher education is becoming increasingly privatized. This article critically examines how the massification of higher education has affected graduate employment and social mobility in East Asia. More specifically, this article uses sociological perspectives to discuss the major challenges resulting from the massification of higher education in East Asia, particularly reflects upon issues related to the mismatch between university education and the labour market, as well as stagnant social mobility.

DOI
10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.02.003
E-ISSN
18734871
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Mok, K. H., & Jiang, J. (2017). Massification of higher education and challenges for graduate employment and social mobility: East Asian experiences and sociological reflections. International Journal of Educational Development, Advance publication, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.02.003