Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education
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Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education

Edited by Brendan Cantwell, Hamish Coates and Roger King

Understanding the politics of Higher Education is becoming more important as the sector is increasingly recognised as a vital source of innovation, skills, economic prosperity, and personal wellbeing. Yet key political differences remain over such issues as who should pay for higher education, how should it be accountable, and how we measure its quality and productivity. Particularly, are states or markets the key in helping to address such matters. The Handbook provides framing perspectives and perspectives, chapters on funding, governance and regulation, and pieces on the political economy of higher education and on the increased role of external stakeholders and indicators.
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Chapter 20: Tertiary regulation in Asia: emerging models

Dorte Kristoffersen, Susanna Lee and Rob Fearnside


Over the last quarter-century higher education (HE) has undergone substantial development, leading to growth in enrollment numbers, diversity of delivery modes and types of courses offered, expansion of the scope of delivery in home-country and internationally and of funding sources. The last 25 years have also seen the rapid development of regulation or quality assurance of HE around the world. Regulatory modes have to reflect the context of the sector that is being regulated at any given time to be effective. Governments are therefore beginning to look at mechanisms that can more effectively manage the scope of and diversity currently present in HE, for example mechanisms that focus on the relative risks of higher education institutions not providing quality HE.

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