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Education, Globalisation, And Inequality

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This chapter examines the current policy of the Singaporean government to turn Singapore into an international tertiary educational hub for Asia. After presenting the new features of Singaporean tertiary education, it attempts to reflect on the implications of a more global market-oriented higher education, as well as the latter?s present and future contributions to the building of wealth and inequality in Singapore and the rest of Asia. The chapter introduces the rationales, the means, and the activities that define the globalisation of higher education and its implication for economic growth and inequality. The organisational model in Singapore to promote tertiary education targetting foreigners shows how the Singaporean government is still very much involved in this new development. The globalisation of tertiary education targetting the Asian region is still at an early stage in Singapore.

Keywords: Asia; economic growth; education; globalisation; inequality; Singaporean tertiary education

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