Global Regionalisms and Higher Education: Projects, Processes, Politics
‘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 regionalisation of higher education rather than subsuming it under the broader rubric of transnational education. It brings a critical perspective to regional higher education that understand 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, who are the governed and the governors in these systems of governance. This is essential reading for any 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 formalagreements 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 transcends 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 regionalisation, 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 recognised as a turning point in the sociology of globalisation, regional integration, social policy and education.’ – Nicola Yeates, The Open University, UK