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Title: Sticky and slippery destinations for academic mobility : the case of Singapore
Authors: Chou, Meng-Hsuan
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Chou, M. (2021). Sticky and slippery destinations for academic mobility : the case of Singapore. Higher Education, 82(4), 749-764.
Project: NRF2014-NRF-SRIE001-023
Journal: Higher Education
Abstract: This article seeks to contribute to the existing scholarship on academic mobility in two ways. First, it brings together insights on academic mobility (aspirations, desperations) and higher education internationalisation to show how we may analytically organise these insights to shed light on the shifting global higher education landscape from an experiential perspective. Second, it provides fresh data on the ‘lived experiences’ of mobile faculty members based in an attractive academic destination outside of the traditional knowledge cores—Singapore. As a city state without any natural resources, Singapore has successfully transformed its economy into one that is knowledge-intensive based on combined efforts from grooming locals to recruiting foreign talents to shore up skilled manpower needs. These efforts are reflected in the university sector where Singapore’s comprehensive universities have consistently ranked high across many global university rankings. Using survey and interview data, I show how the mobility and immobility experiences of faculty based in Singapore have contributed to its making as a ‘sticky’ and ‘slippery’ academic destination. My contributions point to the need to integrate individual-level factors underpinning academic mobility decisions with systemic developments to better understand the changing global higher education landscape today.
ISSN: 0018-1560
DOI: 10.1007/s10734-020-00574-7
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