Simon Marginson


Simon Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK, and a professorial associate of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. A PhD graduate from the University of Melbourne (1996) when he was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize for excellence in the doctoral thesis. Simon’s work focuses on higher education systems and policy, especially international and global aspects of higher education. Simon was designated an Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellow in 2003. In 2014 he was the Clark Kerr Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of California, and received the Research Achievement Award at the annual conference of the U.S.-based Association for Studies in Higher Education. His most recent books are Higher Education in Vietnam (with eight co-authors, Palgrave 2014), and The Age of STEM (co-edited with Brigid Freeman and Russell Tytler, Routledge 2015).

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31 Oct 2018

This paper looks at a number of recent factors which have affected universities. Some trends like the tremendous growth in participation in higher education worldwide and the equally rapid growth in investment in R&D indicate progress and reasons for optimism. Yet the context of higher...

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Global cooperation, national competition and social inequality in the World-Class University (WCU) sector
10 Apr 2018

On the world scale, research-intensive universities (World-Class Universities - universities producing at least 1,000 science papers in 2012-2015) now operate as a single network, one that is increasingly integrated and also operates as positive sum, with the leading research nations fostering emerging science countries through...


21 May 2012

International higher education expert Professor Simon Marginson discusses the increasingly influential phenomenon of global ranking of universities, and what it means for students, governments, researchers, and the business of running institutions of higher learning. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

27 Aug 2010

Australia's international education industry is in crisis, says Simon Marginson in The Age, but you won't hear political leaders talking about it

AS JULIA GILLARD and Tony Abbott get down to serious horse-trading with the clutch of former Nationals and one Green, you can...


7 Mar 2010

This paper looks at the human security of students who cross national borders for the purposes of formal study.

International student security is not just about higher education or the global knowledge economy, argues Simon Marginson. It is concerns the future world society...

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