Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Cultural challenges facing East Asian higher education

5 August 2016

Over recent decades, East Asia has made impressive progress in the scale and content of higher education. This achievement is especially remarkable when compared with other non-Western regions. A Western-style modern higher education system has been well established throughout the region. With a third of the global total investment in research and development, research in East Asia has also been growing rapidly. While the achievement has been widely acknowledged, assessment of its future development is open to question. Some analysts suggest that East Asian universities are leaping ahead to challenge Western supremacy. Others feel that they will soon reach a ‘glass ceiling’. Questions remain about the true potential of East Asia’s universities and whether they can truly break the Western hegemony. Based on the presenter’s intimate knowledge of East Asian societies and his longstanding observations, this talk will assess the future development of East Asian higher education with recognition of the implications of its cultural roots.

Event details

  • When: 2–4pm

  • Where: Room 325, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Matthew AM Thomas.

  • Contact: Dr Matthew AM Thomas
    T: +61 2 8627 4304
    E: matthew.thomas@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Yang Rui is Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong. With more than 25-years' academic career in China, Australia and Hong Kong, he has established his reputation among scholars in English and Chinese languages in the fields of comparative and international education and Chinese higher education. Bridging the theoretical thrust of comparative education and the applied nature of international education, his research interests include education policy, sociology, comparative and cross-cultural studies in education, international higher education, educational development in Chinese societies, and international politics in educational research.

Cultural challenges facing East Asian higher education

Where Room 325, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

5 August 2016


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