Internationalisation and education hubs : The case of Singapore

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    Education hubs are the third generation of cross-border education and can be characterized as a strategically planned internationalisation in education (Knight, 2011). The article focuses on the case of the education hub in Singapore and the strategies and reforms that were introduced through the Global Schoolhouse project. Initiated in 1998, the government-led Global Schoolhouse project was an engine of transformation into an education hub by introducing market driven education reforms in the context of state-controlled education governance in Singapore. Thus, the education hub in Singapore has been created with strong government leadership giving way to other higher education stakeholders in the process of higher education system steering. There is a very strong economic rationale underpinning education policies in Singapore. The process of developing an education hub in Singapore however, encountered multiple challenges and setbacks that could be recognised as consequences of the neoliberal orientation of the education policies. The article finds that the transformation into an education hub was characterized by five governance processes: privatization, competition, decentralization, corporatization and internationalisation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternationalisation and Transnationalisation in Higher Education
    EditorsVesa Korhonen, Pauliina Alenius
    Place of PublicationBern
    PublisherPeter Lang
    ISBN (Print)978-3-0343-2967-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Publication typeA3 Book chapter

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Vocational and Continuing Education


    • Education hub
    • Global Schoolhouse project
    • Singapore
    • governance

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1


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