Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Working within the aspiring center : professional status and mobilities among migrant faculty in Singapore
Authors: Ortiga, Yasmin Y.
Chou, Meng-Hsuan
Sondhi, Gunjan
Wang, Jue
Keywords: Academic Mobility
Return Migration
DRNTU::Social sciences::General
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Ortiga, Y. Y., Chou, M.-H., Sondhi, G., & Wang, J. (2018). Working within the aspiring center : professional status and mobilities among migrant faculty in Singapore. Higher Education Policy, 1-18. doi:10.1057/s41307-017-0078-0
Series/Report no.: Higher Education Policy
Abstract: This paper investigates the migration of Asia-born academics from traditional centers in the West to Singapore, a rapidly developing education hub in Southeast Asia. We argue that such movement can be seen as a form of quasi-return, where migrant faculty look for places where they can be “close enough” to aging parents and family, while working in an institution that is “good enough” to continue research work. This position leads to conflicting notions of social mobility, when defined in terms of professional prestige and status. While interviewees perceived their move to Singapore as a form of upward mobility when compared to colleagues within their home countries, they simultaneously worried about their downward mobility compared to peers who had remained in the West. Such perceptions shape their decision to leave Singapore in the future, reinforcing current university hierarchies, where institutions in the USA and Europe continue to dominate notions of academic prestige.
ISSN: 0952-8733
DOI: 10.1057/s41307-017-0078-0
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Organisations: Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme
Rights: © 2018 International Association of Universities. All rights reserved. This paper was published by Palgrave Macmillan in Higher Education Policy and is made available with permission of International Association of Universities.
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:SSS Journal Articles

Citations 20

Updated on Jun 14, 2024

Web of ScienceTM
Citations 20

Updated on Oct 24, 2023

Page view(s) 50

Updated on Jun 17, 2024

Download(s) 50

Updated on Jun 17, 2024

Google ScholarTM




Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.