Education Reforms and Capacity Development in Higher Education

  • David W. Chapman
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 13)

To fully appreciate the pressures and opportunities that now confront higher education institutions (HEIs) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam, it is necessary to understand the wider set of pressures influencing the growth and development of higher education in the region and in the world more broadly. This chapter examines those wider trends, issues, and opportunities, and then analyzes the circumstances of higher education in these three countries within that larger context. The basic theses of this chapter are that (a) the emphasis on higher education system growth and expanded student access needs to be better balanced with more aggressive attention to quality; (b) quality standards are increasingly being driven by international forces largely outside the ability of national governments to control; (c) cross-border collaboration with higher education institutions in other countries (in ways that go beyond just offering joint academic programs) represents an important strategy for these three countries to consider; and finally that (d) Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam, in their drive to raise the quality of their higher education system, could all benefit from wider international collaboration with other higher education systems and institutions in the region and more widely.

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Migration Transportation Income Marketing Malaysia 

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