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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The role of higher education in generating ‘public’ and ‘common’ goods: a comparison of Sinic and Anglo-American political cultures

This paper compares Sinic and Anglo-American approaches to the role of higher education in generating public and common goods. It parallels the two higher education systems in the light of their political and educational cultures and their approaches to collectivism and individualism.
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World higher education under conditions of national/global disequilibria

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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The new geo-politics of higher education

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...

International student security: globalization, state, university

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

International education: Financial and organizational impacts in Australian universities

This research investigates the impact of international education on the mission and priorities, finances and financial systems, organizational cultures, facilities and services, academic organization and the character of education in Australian universities. The research team conducted interviews with senior executives, administrators and academic managers at...