Working paper 8

The quest for world-class university status: implications for sustainable development of Asian universities

Published September 2016

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Professor Ka Ho Mok from Lingnan University investigates the implications of Asian universities’ quest for world-class status.

The paper explores the ways in which Asian governments are making serious efforts to boost their universities’ global competitiveness and ensure high rankings in global university leagues.

The massification of higher education in Asia has also generated growing concern for graduates confronting under- and unemployment.

Within this policy context, Professor Mok investigates the major challenges confronting higher education in Asia and examines the specific purpose of higher education.

With particular focus on addressing the growing diversity of learning needs, the paper critically examines the role of liberal arts education in Asia, exploring the importance of role differentiation and fit-for-purpose education for sustainable development.

  • TitleThe quest for world-class university status: implications for sustainable development of Asian universities
  • DateSeptember 2016
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