ERIC Number: EJ1137282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
The Flexible University: Higher Education and the Global Production of Migrant Labor
Ortiga, Yasmin Y.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v38 n4 p485-499 2017
This article demonstrates how neoliberal higher education has come to play a distinct role in the global market for migrant labor, where a growing number of developing nations educate its citizens for overseas work in order to maximize future monetary remittances. Located in the Philippines, this study shows how local colleges and universities attempt to impose an ideal notion of flexibility, quickly shifting academic manpower and resources to programs that would produce the "right" types of workers to address foreign labor demands. Based on qualitative interviews with Filipino college educators and students, the article then discusses how such "flexible" strategies undermine the job security of college faculty and lead to the constant restructuring of physical space within university campuses. Such changes negatively affect both students and teachers.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Neoliberalism, Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Foreign Workers, Interviews, Qualitative Research, College Faculty, College Students, Job Security, School Space, Global Approach, Private Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines