The Governance and Management of Universities in Four Southeast Asian Countries

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What is meant by university autonomy in Southeast Asia? How well are these reforms achieved at the institutional, faculty and departmental levels? What impact is there on graduate outcomes, when public universities are corporatised and given greater autonomy? This research project by The HEAD Foundation examined the practices across universities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The research team was led by The HEAD Foundation Fellow, Dr Molly N.N. Lee, and The HEAD Foundation Adjunct Research Manager, Loke Hoe Yeong. The project was completed in February 2017.

The research study concluded that while there is a discernible convergence in university reforms in the Southeast Asia region, the impact and outcomes of those reforms at the institutional level vary considerably among the universities within a country, and also across countries. What is emerging is a hybrid of local variations of neoliberal higher education policies that originated from the West. Findings from the the study have been published in the HESB newsletter, a The HEAD Foundation publication. A policy brief was also produced.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.