Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

2 - Governance of Higher Education in Cambodia and Korea: The Encounter between the State and Globalized Neoliberalism

Friday, July 6
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Mahogany, First Floor

The success of the Korean development story which was achieved within a generation has drawn global and regional attention: i.e. to what extent can poor developing countries, such as Cambodia, learn from the Korean development model? One of the explanations for the stark contrasts in development performances is the higher knowledge gap between Korea and poor developing countries in the region. Higher education institutions are supposed to play a very critical role in providing citizens with advanced knowledge especially in the current movement towards a neoliberal economy and knowledge-based-society. It is believed that the ways in which higher education institutions are governed are key to success or failure to deliver the intended higher education outcome, which in turn weighs heavily on national development performances. However, some scholars have indicated that different states at different stages of economic development might prioritize, organize and react differently in terms of governance. This paper compares higher education governance structures and implementation process in Cambodia and Korea and discusses how both states have created opportunities for their citizens at a time of neoliberal globalization.

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