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Policy and practice of student mobility in Asia: The cases of Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore

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This presentation will look into the links between the policy and the practices of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore concerning student mobility. As major political and economic leaders among the 10 ASEAN member states, these three countries are also active players in terms of student mobility, both inbound and outbound. In particular, by increasing the number of inbound students, all governments desire to be an education hub in the region in one way or another. Thailand focuses on the Mekong sub-region to be a hub with a numerical target of 50,000 international students by 2011. Malaysia set a goal of receiving 80,000 international students by 2010 with an emphasis on Indonesia, China, the Middle East and Africa. On the other hand, Singapore seeks to attract 150,000 students (primary to higher education) by 2015 focusing on China and India.
This presentation will discuss the rationales of their policy approaches and orientations, underlying issues and opportunities in practice, and the implications of their differing mobility orientations for the ASEAN region in particular and Asia in general.
The data were collected since 2008 in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In addition to literature review, interviews were conducted over time to government officials at ministries related to cross-border education, administrator, faculty and staff at higher education institutions, staff at associations or other organizations involved in cross-border education, experts at international and regional organizations, etc.
While Thailand is adopting a mutual understanding approach for student mobility, Malaysia and Singapore are essentially using a skilled migration and capacity building approaches. Therefore, the Thai policy is more balanced between long-term and short-term international students than those of Malaysia and Singapore which have a strong focus on long-term degree-seeking students.
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Kamibeppu, Takao. "Policy and practice of student mobility in Asia: The cases of Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p485341_index.html>

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Kamibeppu, T. , 2011-04-30 "Policy and practice of student mobility in Asia: The cases of Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p485341_index.html

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Abstract: This presentation will look into the links between the policy and the practices of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore concerning student mobility. As major political and economic leaders among the 10 ASEAN member states, these three countries are also active players in terms of student mobility, both inbound and outbound. In particular, by increasing the number of inbound students, all governments desire to be an education hub in the region in one way or another. Thailand focuses on the Mekong sub-region to be a hub with a numerical target of 50,000 international students by 2011. Malaysia set a goal of receiving 80,000 international students by 2010 with an emphasis on Indonesia, China, the Middle East and Africa. On the other hand, Singapore seeks to attract 150,000 students (primary to higher education) by 2015 focusing on China and India.
This presentation will discuss the rationales of their policy approaches and orientations, underlying issues and opportunities in practice, and the implications of their differing mobility orientations for the ASEAN region in particular and Asia in general.
The data were collected since 2008 in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In addition to literature review, interviews were conducted over time to government officials at ministries related to cross-border education, administrator, faculty and staff at higher education institutions, staff at associations or other organizations involved in cross-border education, experts at international and regional organizations, etc.
While Thailand is adopting a mutual understanding approach for student mobility, Malaysia and Singapore are essentially using a skilled migration and capacity building approaches. Therefore, the Thai policy is more balanced between long-term and short-term international students than those of Malaysia and Singapore which have a strong focus on long-term degree-seeking students.


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