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The 3rd HERA conference (Tamkang University, May 2015)

General Information

  • Theme: Contemporary Higher Education policy and Finance
  • Venue: Tamkang University, Taiwan
  • Date: May, 2015
  • Keynote speaker: Prof. Simon Marginson (UCL)

Conference Theme

University reform is proceeding rapidly in a number of countries in Asia. The deluge of reform initiatives suggests that the increasingly unpredictable and vulnerable context will require well-educated and innovative workers to give nations crucial economic advantages. The responses are varied but in general, higher educational institutions are having to comply with effective management principals and enhanced efficiency to maximize the value.

In addition, total higher education enrollment has increased substantially in Asian countreis in recent years. Many educators and policymakers may utilize financial analysis to determine the ‘appropriate’ or ‘sufficient’ funding for higher education; but sufficiency is meaninful only in the context of a particular objectives and circumstances. Money is always an issue in improving higher education systems. With additional resources, educators can serve more students at higher levels of quality. While additional spending does not necessarily yield proportional increases in quantity or quality, the question, ‘how much funding is enough for higher education’? has no easy answer at institutional or national level.

This conference provides a comprehensive picture of higher education systems in Easit Asia. Specifically, presentations address one or a combination of following key questions:

  1. What kind of higher education policy do we want?
  2. How do we, given our circumstances, implement such a higher education policy?
  3. Are we making effective use of current investments?
  4. How would incremental or reallocated dollar lead to improved outcomes and help meet institutional or national goals?

For more details on the presentation topics, please download HERA 3rd_program

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