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Asian Universities: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges


reviewed by David Pang 2005

coverTitle: Asian Universities: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges
Author(s): Philip G. Altbach and Toru Umaskoshi
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801880378, Pages: 377, Year: 2004
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Asian Universities: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges is “an expansion and an update” of an earlier effort in 1989 by researchers from around Asia to study and think about Asian higher education (p. 7). Its aim is to “highlight the realities of contemporary higher education in the Asian context” (p. 10). The volume’s editors, Philip Altbach and Toru Umakoshi, are professors of higher education in the United States and Japan, respectively. The chapter authors are Asian academics or practitioners with substantial in-country experience and insider knowledge about higher education in Asia. Thus, the book represents a plurality of authentic voices and different perspectives, imparting a strong indigenous flavor to the contents. The “mosaic of Asian realities” provides the organizing principle for the book (p. 9). The editors caution readers that this is “not a reference book” (p. 9), preempting any rising of hopes and expectations among readers of finding the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2479-2483
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11833, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 4:04:01 PM

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  • David Pang
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    DAVID PANG is an independent researcher. His current interests centre around comparative and international education with a special focus on education in Asia, Asian studies in Western educational systems, immigration and education, and international (export) education. He has lived and worked in Malaysia and Brunei as an educationist for many years. He holds a PhD degree in education from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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