International Higher Education: Knowledge, Culture and Public Diplomacy

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Higher Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 578

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Graduate Institute of Education, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi 621301, Taiwan
Interests: comparative education; higher education; education policy and management

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Guest Editor
Department of Education, National Chiayi University, Chiayi 621302, Taiwan
Interests: Higher Education, Education Policy, Educational Administration

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Dear Colleagues,

Higher education has increasingly been positioned as a strategic sector for promoting national status, economic competitiveness, and even cultural influence on the international stage. A wide range of initiatives and schemes have been launched by Western societies and other emerging donors with the aim of strengthening their diplomatic relations with foreign audiences through networking higher education institutions. As engines of knowledge production and scientific innovation, universities hold significant power in reshaping the dynamics of technological advancement on a global scale. Certainly, the mobility and circulation of students, researchers, and professionals across national boundaries also have significant cultural implications from the perspective of public diplomacy. It is widely believed that exchange programs tend to create positive cultural impressions due to affinity, interaction, and mutual understanding at the individual level. However, despite these assumed relationships, the diplomatic roles and positions of higher education are still subject to the complexities of domestic and international contexts in various countries. Changing geopolitics, economic competition, and national security concerns among major countries also alter the interactive patterns of the higher education sector. These new political and economic forces bring about dramatic transformations in public diplomacy within the context of higher education. It is within these broader contexts that this Special Issue aims to address the following themes:
  1. How and why are governmental policies in higher education formulated and crafted to address their diplomatic purposes at the international level?
  2. How do governments, non-state actors, and higher education institutions network to foster diplomatic relationships?
  3. What are the changing roles and strategies of universities in coping with intensified geopolitical competition and national conflicts at the institutional level?
  4. What are the effects and impacts of particular schemes and initiatives in higher education on foreign countries in terms of soft power?
  5. How can innovative conceptual or theoretical frameworks in international relations or political sciences empirically interpret these new developments?
  6. How are the identities, feelings, and values of individual actors restructured within the arena of public policy in higher education?

Prof. Dr. Sheng-Ju Chan
Prof. Dr. Cheng-Cheng Yang
Guest Editors

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  • higher education
  • public policy
  • soft power
  • knowledge/education/culture diplomacy
  • international relation
  • institutional cooperation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: How are the identities, feelings, and values of individual actors restructured within the arena of public policy in higher education

Title: The Challenges of Becoming Truly International: Developing Global Literacy with a Multilingual/Multicultural Mindset

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