Global, Local, National in the Asia-Pacific

  • Simon MarginsonEmail author
  • Sarjit Kaur
  • Erlenawati Sawir
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 36)


This chapter introduces the themes and chapters of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific: Strategic responses to globalization. It begins with the definition of the Asia-Pacific region—the long arc of coastal nations from Southeast Asia to Japan plus the adjoining nations of the Western Pacific—and a statistical overview of population, economy and education. This chapter then summarizes the main elements in the globalization of higher education and looks at the global, local and national dimensions in turn. Global convergence has changed the context of national systems and individual institutions and is transforming Asia-Pacific higher education as a whole. It brings with it a new set of freedoms and compulsions that affect both local institutions and nation-states and is changing the relationship between them. It also reworks inequalities between nations—and creates both intense pressures for standardization, and scope for strategy-making and distinctive global influence, though only some nations and institutions are using the opportunities that have opened up. Finally, this chapter guides readers into the contributions to the book. Higher Education in Asia-Pacific is organized in four principal sections. Part I contains chapters looking at the Asia-Pacific region in the global context. Part II presents chapters on the global strategies and activities of individual universities in the Asia-Pacific region. In Part III, the longest section of the book, there are chapters on the responses and strategies of Asia-Pacific governments and systems. Part IV includes two chapters on higher education in neighbouring South and West Asian countries. The book’s conclusion follows.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Marginson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sarjit Kaur
    • 2
  • Erlenawati Sawir
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.English Studies Section, School of HumanUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia
  3. 3.International Education Research Centre Level 8Central Queensland UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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