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Global Regionalisms and Higher Education

Projects, Processes, Politics Edited by Susan L. Robertson, University of Cambridge, UK, Kris Olds, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, Roger Dale, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK and Que Anh Dang, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Germany
This original book provides a unique analysis of the different regional and inter-regional projects, their processes and the politics of Europeanisation, globalisation and education. Collectively, the contirbutors engage with international relations and integrations theory to explore new ways of thinking about regionalisms and inter-regionalisms, and bring to the fore the role that higher education plays in this.
Extent: 336 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 234 1
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This original book provides a unique analysis of the different regional and inter-regional projects, their processes and the politics of Europeanization, globalization and education. Collectively, the contributors engage with a range of theories on regionalizing in order to explore new ways of thinking about regionalisms and inter-regionalisms with a focus on the higher education sector. It makes the compelling case that globally, higher education is being transformed by regionalizing and inter-regionalizing projects aimed at resolving ongoing economic, political and cultural challenges within and beyond national territorial states.

The chapters range over a wide geography of regional projects and their unique politics – from Europe to Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Gulf, and the Barents region. Collectively they reveal the diverse, uneven, and variegated nature of global regionalisms in higher education.

Comprehensive and theoretically informed, this unique book will appeal to academics and postgraduate students, in addition to policy–makers and administrators involved in higher education.
‘Between the ever-open possibilities of the global space, and the nation-state with its still seemingly irreducible hold on territory and imagination, lies the region. In higher education there are many kinds of region. This is by far the best book on regional developments, and one of the first two or three books we must now turn to in order to understand global higher education – it provides an invaluable geo-spatial lens that complements analyses based on political economy and culture.’
– Simon Marginson, ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education and University College London, UK

‘This is an outstanding book that brings sharp analytical focus to the regionalization of higher education rather than subsuming it under the broader rubric of transnational education. It brings a critical perspective to regional higher education that understands it as political and cultural projects – albeit contested – that produce new cartographies of higher education governance. It asks: who drives these projects, what interest do they serve and who are the governed and the governors in these systems of governance? This is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of higher education.’
– Kanishka Jayasuriya, Murdoch University, Australia

‘Regional supra-national organizations such as the European Union, NAFTA and ASEAN are not only integrated through formal agreements between member states. As this collection of studies of higher education convincingly shows, the knowledge-based services economy fueling much global economic growth is becoming dependent on higher-education collaborative projects at the regional scale. These projects transcend the bounds of the state-to-state compacts as such and point to the increasingly regional future of this entire sector.’
– John Agnew, University of California, Los Angeles, US

‘In an age of complex multilateralism, regionalist strategies and regionalization, processes need to feature much more prominently in academic research literatures. Global Regionalisms and Higher Education is exemplary in its understanding of this key point. It provides a comprehensive, lucid, illuminating and engaging study of the diverse ways in which education systems, policies and politics are embroiled in processes of region-building, and their significance for theory and practice. Significantly enriching our understanding of what it means to “regionalise” education, Robertson et al. have delivered what deserves to be recognized as a turning point in the sociology of globalization, regional integration, social policy and education.’
– Nicola Yeates, The Open University, UK
Contributors: T. Aljafari, N. Azman, A.A. Bakar, R.Y. Chao Jr., J.-É. Charlier, S. Croché, R. Dale, Q.A. Dang, L.A. Gandin, T.D. Jules, S. Melo, P. Motter, T. Muhr, M.L. Neves de Azevedo, K. Olds, O.M. Panait, D. Perrotta, S.L. Robertson, M. Sirat, M. Sundet, A. Welch
Contents:

Introduction
Global Regionalisms and Higher Education
Susan L. Robertson, Roger Dale, Kris Olds and Que Anh Dang

1. Higher Education, The EU, and the Cultural Political Economy of Regionalism
Susan L. Robertson, Mário Luiz Neves de Azevedo and Roger Dale

2. Different Regionalisms, One European Higher Education Regionalization: The Case of the Bologna Process
Susana Melo

3. Erasmus Mundus and the EU: Intrinsic Sectoral Regionalism in Higher Education
Roger Dale

4. Inter-regional Higher Education Arena: The Transposition of European Instruments in Africa
Jean-Émile Charlier, Sarah Croché and Oana Marina Panait

5. Harmonization of Higher Education in Southeast Asia Regionalism: Politics First, and then Education
Morshidi Sirat, Norzaini Azman and Aishah Abu Bakar

6. Changing Higher Education Discourse in the Making of the ASEAN Region
Roger Y. Chao Jr.

7. Shaping an ASEM (Higher) Education Area: Hybrid Sectoral Regionalism from Within
Que Anh Dang

8. Ir-Regular Regionalism? China’s Borderlands and ASEAN Higher Education: Trapped in the Prism
Anthony Welch

9. Good Friends and Faceless Partners: Educational Cooperation for Community Building in the Barents Region
Marit Sundet

10. Transregionalism and the Caribbean Higher Educational Space
Tavis D. Jules

11. MERCOSUR, Regulatory Regionalism and Contesting Projects of Higher Education Governance
Daniela Perrotta

12. South-South Development Cooperation and the Socio-Spatial Reconfiguration of Latin America-Caribbean Regionalisms: University Education in the Brazil-Venezuela ‘Special Border Regime’
Thomas Muhr

13. Higher Education and New Regionalism in Latin America: The UNILA Project
Paulino Motter and Luis Armando Gandin

14. Regionalization, Higher Education and the Gulf Cooperation Council
Tahani Aljafari

Index