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The role and landscape of Higher Education (HE) in Asia has undergone significant change over the past two decades. Unlike earlier periods, the university in Asia is no longer merely an institution devoted to the developmentalist aims of producing and training national elites to staff the bureaucracies of emerging economies. Rather, universities in the region are increasingly regarded as an important component by which the respective national economies are able to better compete globally, a shift that is marked by considerable restructuring processes led both by national governments and institutions themselves seeking to achieve elevated positions in rankings and prestige. Measures taken include the internationalising of programmes, and increasing the proportion of international students, resulting in a marked increase in the volume and rate of international students moving to HE institutions across Asia.
While the United States, Europe and Australia continue to be major receiving countries of international students, then, Asia is itself becoming an important destination of students from both within the region and beyond. Major Asian cities where many of these universities are located also have considerable attractive power in these emergent geographies of student mobilities. The general tendency to gravitate towards major urban centres for reasons such as future work opportunities, business networking and vibrant cultural and social life certainly has a bearing on how desirable each university is to potential students. The growth of HE has also had concomitant impacts on these urban centres, resulting in significant socio-cultural change to the fabric of society, new responses in terms of urban planning and policy making, and the development of new services that contribute to the shaping of the urban landscape. New tensions also arise as cities attempt to balance the needs of a growing student population against those of the larger population of city dwellers. In this context, it is also important to view the development of higher education as political projects, undertaken as a means to fulfil particular goals and with political outcomes."
This inter-disciplinary conference brings together leading scholars working on higher education in Asia to address a number of concerns. The conference is organized into three panels focused on student mobilities, urban geographies and political projects that highlight three key elements of the emerging landscape of internationalised higher education in Asia.