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Global Gauge: East Asia

Global Gauge: East Asia. British Council Education Intelligence, Hong Kong, 2011, Pages: 34.

Published as part of the British Council’s Global Gauge series on internationalisation of educational activities in different countries, this new report provides a comparison of national policies supporting internationalisation in eight countries of East Asia. To compare Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, Education Intelligence developed a so-called International Education Index based on three broad categories – openness, quality assurance and degree recognition, and access and equity – that included 33 individual criteria.

The report finds that countries in the region have ambitious internationalisation goals but most lack specific strategies. In the study’s ranking, number one Hong Kong was closely followed by South Korea and Malaysia in second and third place, respectively. While South Korea’s internationalisation plans are nascent, the country is building a comprehensive cross-border quality assurance and accreditation framework. Meanwhile, Malaysia aims to become a regional education hub, and is focused on creating an attractive environment for overseas institutions. The report can be obtained from the British Council’s website.

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