© 2009

Education Across Borders

Politics, Policy and Legislative Action

  • James Fegan
  • Malcolm H. Field

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. John Daniel, Asha Kanwar, Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić
    Pages 19-31
  3. Bryn Holmes, Isabel Huet, Denise Leahy, John Gardner, Dudley Dolan, José Tavares
    Pages 93-113
  4. Michael Crawford, Malcolm H. Field
    Pages 199-213
  5. Paul Snowden
    Pages 215-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-236

About this book


With contributions from world-renowned experts with years of collective experience in "across-border" education, this volume focuses on the implications of globalization in higher education. In particular, it looks at relations between states and institutions that do not normally attract attention. The chapters analyze the interactions between the South and the North, consider the challenges for "non-elite" institutions, and examine the potential for knowledge flow and creation in across-border partnerships.

Higher education in nearly every corner of the globe is facing pressures to participate in a growing and interconnected international community of researchers, students, administrators and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Politicians in many countries have been swayed by arguments in favor of reforming the sector, and new policies and legislation have quickly emerged. Developing "world-class" educational institutions is an admirable aim, but without grass-roots reform in other areas, such as basic education, management and leadership, it could backfire. "Across-border" education is inevitable, but how states and institutions approach the opportunities will affect the rewards reaped.

The editors’ aim has been to bring to the discussion the voices of experienced administrators and scholars who have been working to increase and improve the opportunities for cross-border education. The expert authors are not merely providing a collection of theoretical notions, but real insight into the politics, policies and legislation that surround cross-border interactions. While this is not a legal book, nor a policy book, it provides a useful guide for academic, administrator and student alike about some of the concerns and opportunities that are present in across-border education.

"Educational opportunities at all levels, and in all countries, are being constantly expanded by globalization, the digital revolution, and the mobility of students and educators. In Education Across Borders: Politics, Policy, and Legislative Action more than twenty leading research scholars, educators, and administrators explore critical issues affecting cross-border education in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Among the many thought-provoking topics analyzed are the inevitability of crossing borders in higher education, scientific capacity building in Latin America, and computer mediated learning between developed and developing countries. In each of the chapters the practical educational, administrative, and political implications of cross-border developments in higher education are explored, with an eye to offering suggestions for enhanced future access to education for young people around the world."

Dr. Martin C. Collcutt, Professor of East Asian Studies & History, Princeton University, USA

"As a member of a generation that had few chances to study overseas, I am committed to education across borders, in all senses, for Waseda University itself, and for students and researchers of countries large and small. After reading Education Across Borders: Politics, Policy and Legislative Action, I am encouraged that there are such committed administrators, scholars, and educators (several of them at Waseda) exploiting their own experiences to build the future. I recommend this book to the most diverse possible readership for its authority, breadth, and good sense."

Dr. Katsuhiko Shirai, President, Waseda University, Japan


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Editors and affiliations

  • James Fegan
    • 1
  • Malcolm H. Field
    • 2
  1. 1.School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)Waseda UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Future University-HakodateJapan

Bibliographic information


Daily, more and more higher education is crossing borders of space and time. Students are traveling abroad for education, or linking themselves to the world via the internet. Teachers are migrating from one continent to another. Transnational projects between educational systems in different countries are expanding. In Education Across Borders: Politics, Policy, and Legislative Action, James Fegan, Malcolm Field and more than twenty other leading educators, administrators, and researchers from across the globe examine the recent achievements of, and obstacles to, cross-border education, and assess future possibilities and problems. These thoughtful, practical essays remind us that education is not steady-state, and that the changes we are seeing in our local schools and universities are linked inevitably to developments in the wider world of trans-national education.

Martin C. Collcutt, Professor of East Asian Studies & History, Princeton University, USA