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UNESCO: Higher Education in Asia: Expanding Out, Expanding Up

Chapman, David W. & Chien, Chiao-Ling (Eds.). Higher Education in Asia: Expanding Out, Expanding Up. UNESCO-UIS. 2014. Pages: 163


Based on data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and a diverse range of national and international sources, this report provides a comprehensive view to evaluate different strategies to expand graduate education. Special focus is given to middle-income countries in the region which have recently experienced the most dramatic growth through an innovative mix of policies. For example, interventions aimed at improving university rankings may be controversial but are nonetheless reshaping university reforms. The report highlights the pros and cons by comparing the three most commonly-used university ranking systems. This report presents a range of data to better evaluate the economic benefits flowing from university research, as well as the spillover effects to the private sector. The authors also analyse the ways in which international collaboration can boost the productivity and quality of university-based research.