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Higher Education Development in Taiwan

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Along with the global trend of higher education expansion, the establishment of market economies has had an impact on Asian HEIs, especially in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, where higher education has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. The chapter discusses issues of neo-liberalism and university expansion in Taiwan since the late 1980s. This unprecedented growth of higher education not only provides more educational opportunities to the general public, but generates a series of unexpected results. Many universities have undergone governance change for efficiency, increased higher education admission, and oversupply of university graduates. In addition, the increase of social distance between public and private universities, the continuing institutional and disciplinary stratification, and the foreseeable university closure are just a few examples of mass higher education in Taiwan.


  • Higher education
  • Taiwan
  • Neo-liberalism
  • University expansion
  • Higher education development
  • Higher education reform
  • Globalization

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Chou, C.P. (2015). Higher Education Development in Taiwan. In: Shin, J., Postiglione, G., Huang, F. (eds) Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia. Knowledge Studies in Higher Education, vol 2. Springer, Cham.

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