Presentation 2

The Internationalisation of Higher Education: Some Implications

Paul Morrissey

MPhil Candidate

Centre for East Asian Studies

The University of Bristol

E-mail: paul.morrissey@bristol.ac.uk

 

This paper may be of interest to postgraduates who are considering a career in academia, and to all who have an interest in how HE institutions are changing. It reports on research which investigates how universities are becoming internationalised: I argue that this process, along with other concurrent processes, is changing the nature of these institutions. In my research, I seek the perspectives of faculty members and “managers”. I would suggest that there needs to be an understanding of these perspectives so that those who work in universities can act decisively and with decency in this new environment.

As a researcher from the Centre for East Asian Studies, at the University of Bristol, I focus equally on what is happening in ‘the greater China’ (The People’s Republic, The Republic of China/Taiwan, and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong), and in the UK. Against a context of macro-economic, political and societal change, this paper is situated in public and institutional policy. Wherever academics choose to pursue their careers, it will be to their advantage to have some understanding of the pressures upon their presidents, Vice-Chancellors and their Faculty Deans, which may well impact on their over-committed working lives!

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