ERIC Number: EJ833941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Questioning Centre-Periphery Platforms
Postiglione, Gerard A.
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v25 n2 p209-225 Nov 2005
How much is hegemony and how much is self-determination in the higher education systems in Southeast Asia? This paper argues that while the question of centre and periphery is still relevant to the analysis of international university systems, the analytical frameworks from which it has arisen may lose viability in the long term. Southeast Asian states are making use of higher education to act in ways that will contribute to the altering of their peripheral position in the global economic and political system. While changes in Southeast Asian higher education are closely tied to global markets and follow what sometimes appears to be a dependent pattern of adaptations driven by Western developed economies, the paper argues that there is also a significant amount of resistance. As Southeast Asian countries adapt in ways that help embed economic globalisation within their national landscape, the manner in which the adaptation occurs is more selective, open, and democratic than before. Moreover, while global communication with core (centre) university systems has been more open and transparent, the system is closed to direct intervention from the outside, making hegemony a less plausible explanation for the manner in which the system is reacting within the new global environment of financial interdependency.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences, Self Determination, Global Approach, Intervention, Privatization, Governance, Economics, Economic Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Cambodia; China; Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; South Korea; Thailand