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University Rankings: Implications for Higher Education in Taiwan

University Rankings: Implications for Higher Education in Taiwan Book reviews Book reviews William Yat Wai Lo Springer Singapore 179pp. $129.00 (Hardcover) ISBN 978-981-4560-34-4 Review DOI 10.1108/AEDS-11-2016-0090 This main purpose of this book is to contexualise and theorise the university ranking phenomenon in the specific context of Taiwan and to fully discuss the relationship between local university development and global competition between universities. The structure of this book includes eight chapters which are broadly divided into three parts. First, the author explains with much clarity the research background, methodology and theoretical foundations (Chapter 1) and broadly illustrates the social transformation of higher education system in Taiwan since the 1990s (Chapter 2). The author moves onto a theorisation of university rankings under the umbrella of neoliberal ideology and the political structure of “transnationality” and “heterarchical governance” (pp. 42-48) (Chapter 3). Second, empirical data collected from interviewees from five Taiwanese universities are put into a theoretical framework which distinguishes the four analytical dimensions of this research, embracing influences (Chapter 4), normative power (Chapter 5), global landscape (Chapter 6) and antinomy of power (Chapter 7). More specifically, the foundations of Chapters 4 and 5 depart from an ecological perspective and Chapters 6 and 7 turn to consider the geographical perspective. These http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Education and Development Studies Emerald Publishing

University Rankings: Implications for Higher Education in Taiwan

Asian Education and Development Studies , Volume 6 (2): 3 – Apr 10, 2017

University Rankings: Implications for Higher Education in Taiwan

Book reviews Book reviews William Yat Wai Lo Springer Singapore 179pp. $129.00 (Hardcover) ISBN 978-981-4560-34-4 Review DOI 10.1108/AEDS-11-2016-0090 This main purpose of this book is to contexualise and theorise the university ranking phenomenon in the specific context of Taiwan and to fully discuss the relationship between local university development and global competition between universities. The structure of this book includes eight chapters which are broadly divided into three parts. First, the author explains with much clarity the research background, methodology and theoretical foundations (Chapter 1) and broadly illustrates the social transformation of higher education system in Taiwan since the 1990s (Chapter 2). The author moves onto a theorisation of university rankings under the umbrella of neoliberal ideology and the political structure of “transnationality” and “heterarchical governance” (pp. 42-48) (Chapter 3). Second, empirical data collected from interviewees from five Taiwanese universities are put into a theoretical framework which distinguishes the four analytical dimensions of this research, embracing influences (Chapter 4), normative power (Chapter 5), global landscape (Chapter 6) and antinomy of power (Chapter 7). More specifically, the foundations of Chapters 4 and 5 depart from an ecological perspective and Chapters 6 and 7 turn to consider the geographical perspective. These four chapters directly resonate with the theorisation of university rankings in Chapter 3. Third, the author addresses the implications (ecology and geography) and provides reflections (methodology and theory) for future research. Broadly speaking, the main argument of this research focusses on four dimensions of the ranking phenomenon with the intention of grasping the mechanism of global competition. The author provides a solid foundation for theorising university rankings within compressed time and space, as adopted from Giddens’...
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Book reviews Book reviews William Yat Wai Lo Springer Singapore 179pp. $129.00 (Hardcover) ISBN 978-981-4560-34-4 Review DOI 10.1108/AEDS-11-2016-0090 This main purpose of this book is to contexualise and theorise the university ranking phenomenon in the specific context of Taiwan and to fully discuss the relationship between local university development and global competition between universities. The structure of this book includes eight chapters which are broadly divided into three parts. First, the author explains with much clarity the research background, methodology and theoretical foundations (Chapter 1) and broadly illustrates the social transformation of higher education system in Taiwan since the 1990s (Chapter 2). The author moves onto a theorisation of university rankings under the umbrella of neoliberal ideology and the political structure of “transnationality” and “heterarchical governance” (pp. 42-48) (Chapter 3). Second, empirical data collected from interviewees from five Taiwanese universities are put into a theoretical framework which distinguishes the four analytical dimensions of this research, embracing influences (Chapter 4), normative power (Chapter 5), global landscape (Chapter 6) and antinomy of power (Chapter 7). More specifically, the foundations of Chapters 4 and 5 depart from an ecological perspective and Chapters 6 and 7 turn to consider the geographical perspective. These

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Asian Education and Development StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 10, 2017

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