The HEAD Foundation (THF) is a Singapore-based think tank devoted to the research, policy influence, and effective implementation of education for development in Asia.
Established as an International Charitable Organization in 2013, we aim to advance the study and understanding of education – particularly in the Asian context – and its implications for governments, businesses and civil society in the region. In addition to our work in research, policy influence and advocacy, the Foundation also aims to apply the knowledge for more effective practice and policy implementation through programmes and projects.
THF provides a collaborative and inclusive platform for a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship, debate and programme development. We study the adaptation of models and best practices in light of the contexts and priorities of the Asian communities we serve, and promote public awareness of issues in our fields of expertise. We partner with like-minded global and regional experts and institutions to advance our common goal of empowering Asia’s development through education.
THF’s activities include:
- Conducting research projects within Asian countries;
- Publishing a book series, working papers, reports and policy documents;
- Convening events such as workshops, seminars, lectures and policy fora;
- Developing and delivering tools, models and programmes for capacity building.
The HEAD Foundation is supported by a team of academics and researchers, each distinguished in his or her own field. They are regularly consulted and bring to bear a wide experience in education and leadership development, as well as an awareness and understanding of Asian societies and processes of development.
Research & Project Manager
Adjunct Research Manager
The HEAD Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with its headquarters in Singapore. The Foundation is a registered International Charitable Organisation governed by a Board of Directors. It is led by a Managing Director and supported by a team of management professionals.
Director, Operations & Development
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
The University of Hong Kong
Bandung Institute of Technology
University of Glasgow
University of Warwick
Phil Harker & Associates Pty Ltd
University of Bath
University of Pennsylvania
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Notre Dame de Namuer University
University of Buffalo
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Singapore Management University
University of Pennsylvania
Universiti Sains Malaysia
The University of Tokyo
Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education
The HEAD Foundation (THF) seeks to collaborate with like-minded regional and international institutions to advance the field of Education for the development of Asia. We work with our institutional partners to mutually enhance knowledge-building capacities and to strengthen the influence and impact of our activities to achieve meaningful outcomes in Education.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked between THF and the Centre of International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College in January 2016. Both parties will collaborate on a newsletter entitled “Higher Education in Southeast Asia and Beyond” (HESB) to fill a gap in periodicals in the field of higher education research in Southeast Asia.Created to add value to current literature dealing with higher education research, the biannual publication includes articles written by researchers from both the Foundation and CIHE. The publication aims to create a more diverse set of perspectives on higher education garnered from the expertise at the two institutions. The newsletter will be launched later this year.
University of Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education
THF is collaborating with the University of Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education’s Professor D. Bruce Johnstone on a comparative research project for Higher Education financing and accessibility in Southeast Asia and East Asia. The International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility (ICHEFA) project for Asia will begin by compiling country profiles for the 10 Southeast Asian countries.
INSEAD Global Leadership Centre
The HEAD Foundation and the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop leadership training programmes for Southeast Asian educational leaders.
East-West Centre’s Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership
The HEAD Foundation and the East-West Centre’s Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership have entered into a Cooperative Agreement. The two parties are exploring opportunities to convene joint policy fora and other related activities in higher education.
The UCL Institute of Education
THF and the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 March 2016 to collaborate on academic initiatives. The Foundation and IOE will collaborate on research programmes, events, and academic exchange, with a focus on the Southeast Asian region. Areas of mutual interest include educational leadership, teaching and learning, equity and access, and higher education.
University of Glasgow’s Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change
THF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Glasgow in January 2016 to work on education reform implementation in Vietnam. The joint study with Vietnam National University and the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences will open leads into training and other intervention strategies to support capacity building and sustainable models for high performance in the Vietnamese context.