‘Internationalising Higher Education: Perspectives from Kyoto University, University of Melbourne & the National University of Singapore’ (Wed, 1 November 2017)

Speaker: Teofilo C Daquila (Associate Professor, Department of Southeast Asian Studies)
Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: AS8, Level 6, Conference Room (06-46)


“Internationalisation at the national/sector/institutional level is the process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of higher education at the institutional and national levels” (Jane Knight, 2008). The internationalisation of higher education (IHE) has become a significant policy and research issue that has changed the way governments and universities in both developed and developing countries manage their internationalisation. This seminar is drawn from my book project that aims to examine IHE in Australia, Japan and Singapore at the national level, and at the institutional level using three universities as case studies: Kyoto University (KU), the University of Melbourne (UM), and the National University of Singapore (NUS). It addresses the questions: First, to what extent are KU, UM and NUS internationalised and competitive? Some indicators of internationalisation and competitiveness are used based on global rankings. Second, what internationalisation strategies have been/can be adopted by these universities? In general, there are two categories of internationalisation strategies: internationalisation@home and internationalisation overseas – both of which apply to domestic and international students. Specific strategies include the internationalisation of the curriculum, expansion, diversification/broadening, differentiation, and deepening strategies. This seminar highlights the similarities and differences in internationalisation strategies followed by governments and universities in both developed and developing countries, especially as global, regional and national borders have increasingly become more open and international students more mobile.

About the speaker

Dr. Teofilo C. Daquila is Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, a fellow of NUS Teaching Academy, and member of NUS General Education Curriculum committee. His teaching and research areas include economic growth and development in Southeast Asia, ASEAN economic regionalism, industrial development in Singapore and Southeast Asia, comparative and international education, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His publications include The Economies of Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand (2005), Regionalism and Multilateralism: ASEAN in the Global Economy (2005), The Transformation of Southeast Asian Economies (2013), Internationalising Higher Education in Singapore: Government Policies and the NUS Experience (Journal of Studies in International Education, 2013), and The Internationalisation of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific: Case of Australia, Japan and Singapore (2018). A/P Daquila commenced his graduate study at University of the Philippines School of Economics, obtained his M.A. economics degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and PhD at Australian National University.