The Changing Academic Profession in Hong Kong

Volume 19 of the series The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective pp 161-182


The Teaching and Research Nexus Under Research University Initiatives: A Comparative View for East Asia

  • Jung Cheol ShinAffiliated withSeoul National University Email author 
  • , Yangson KimAffiliated withHiroshima University

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The teaching and research nexus is a core policy issue as well an area of academic inquiry. Academics tend to believe that there is a positive association between research and teaching. However, the teaching and research nexus may differ across higher education systems, academics’ affiliated disciplines, their preferred types of research, or their career stages. This study investigated how the nexus differs according to these factors, using empirical international survey data—the Changing Academic Profession (CAP). This study selected Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and China as the focus of each research-focused, teaching-research balanced, or teaching-focused system. This study found that there are differences in regard to academics’ perception of teaching and research nexus according to higher education system, academic disciplines, and other individual backgrounds.