Constructing "World-class" as "Global"- A Case Study of the National University of Singapore

Christine Anita XAVIER
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
christine.xavier@nie.edu.sg

Lubna ALSAGOFF
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
lubna.alsagoff@nie.edu.sg

Abstract

This study investigates the ways in which newly-established higher education institutions (HEIs) position themselves as "world-class" through constructing themselves as "global". With the escalating "free market" and competitive forces arising from the marketization of education, most universities see a construction of themselves as global universities as a necessity, where the global mark is valued as a signal of quality across markets and thus positions the universities as world-class. This study specifically examines how one very successful emerging university, the National University of Singapore, constructs and promotes itself as a global institution through three strategies of emphasis on 1) forming international alliances, 2) research achievements and 3) developing global students.

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