Workforce diversity in higher education: the experiences of Asian academics in Australian universities

Higher education Universities Multicultural education Workforce diversity Australia
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Asian Australians are the fastest growing minority group in Australia, constituting 14.4% of the population in 2016 (ABS 2017). Asian Australian academics have been making significant contributions to the internationalisation of Australian higher education and research developments. Despite their major roles, however, research on these academics has been relatively scarce.

This study aimed to provide an overview of the representation and experiences of Asian Australian academics who consist of (1) Asian-born academics and (2) Australian-born academics with Asian ancestry. With the Australian Censuses, the unpublished national data from the Department of Education and Training, the survey data and in-depth interviews, the broad picture of this emerging group was captured.

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