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Rachel Tan

Rachel Tan's Photo 3rachel.tan@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Qualifications

MSc in Tourism (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
BA in English (Universiti Putra Malaysia)

Research Title

The impact of globalisation on an emerging research university in a developing country

Research Summary

Rachel’s research seeks to explore and understand the impact of globalisation on an emerging research university in a developing nation, Zanzibar. The study looks into contemporary globalisation, as a phenomenon led by neo-liberalism ideology and information communication technology (ICT). This phenomenon has drastically changed the 21st century research university systems and structure. Thus, the study aims to identify how globalisation shapes a new research university and how academic experiences can tell us about the phenomenon. The study seeks to contribute to the theory of globalisation, and the policy and practice of the research university. The study applies qualitative methodology, using semi-structured interviews for data collection. Senior executives and academics were interviewed because they influence the direction of their institutions. The former shapes the university using policies while the latter shapes the university through their work in teaching and research.

Research Interests

Higher education, globalisation, internationalisation, neoliberalism

Supervisors

Professor Tony Harland
Dr Ben Daniel

Publications