The Reorientation of Higher Education

Challenging the East-West Dichotomy


Edited by Bob Adamson, Jon Nixon, and Feng Su

ISBN : 978-988-17852-7-5

Education Distributed for The University of Hong Kong

September 2012

328 pages, 6.5″ x 9.5″

  • HK$250.00

This book presents accounts of the repositioning of higher education institutions across a range of national contexts in the East and the West. It argues that global governance, institutional organisation and academic practice are complementary elements within the process of institutional repositioning. While systems, institutions and individuals in the different contexts are subjected to similar global trends and pressures, the reorientation of higher education takes diverse forms as a result of the particularities of those contexts. That reorientation cannot be explained in terms of East-West dichotomies and divisions, but only with reference to the interflow across and within national systems. Globalisation necessitates complex interconnectivities of regionality, culture and geopolitics that this book explores in relation to specific cases and contexts.

Bob Adamson is Professor of Curriculum Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the UNESCO-UNEVOC Director for Hong Kong. Jon Nixon has held professorial posts in four UK institutions of higher education and is currently Honorary Professor of Educational Studies, University of Sheffield, UK. Feng Su is a Lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University, UK.