The HEAD Foundation conducts research in education with the objective of providing practical applications for a more effective provision of education in Asia. Via this research, it seeks the development of excellence with equity in Asian education.
THF covers research ranging from policy development and implementation, to primary and secondary education, higher education, and skills and employability with the goal of achieving equitable and quality outcomes for students in Asia.
The Foundation also conducts research and capacity building in the field of leadership, where it focuses on the development of responsible and effective leaders, particularly education leaders. Current topics include attitudes of young professionals towards leadership, the nature of responsible leadership and how it can be fostered, and the effectiveness of leadership development interventions.
How do schools with poor performance in Indonesia and Malaysia improve? What role does the leadership play in the turnaround and improvement of these schools? ‘School turnaround’ is an intervention and leadership initiative that helps heads of schools and principals “turn around” underperforming schools. It is essentially about creating learning environments that support high levels of achievement for all students and the full engagement of all stakeholders in the school. This project aims to examine current practices of school leaders in Indonesia and Malaysia to improve school academic performance. It will build a knowledge base about education, leadership and school improvement in the Southeast Asian context, and deduce principles, strategies and approaches for policy-makers and practitioners. The research is led by The HEAD Foundation (THF) Fellow Dr Alma Harris with Dr Michelle Jones as the co-Principal Investigator. The project began in June 2016 and is managed by Dr. Uma Natarajan, THF Principal Researcher.
An emerging trend in public university reforms by governments in Asia in the last 20 years involves a shift towards greater institutional autonomy in return for more public accountability. But what is the meaning of 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 (THF) will seek to answer these questions by looking at universities across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. The research team will be led by THF Fellow, Dr Molly N.N. Lee, and THF Research Manager, Loke Hoe Yeong. The project was launched in April 2016 with a research planning meeting held at THF on 11 – 12 April 2016.
Universum joined forces with INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and the HEAD Foundation to investigate and question what has become conventional wisdom about Millennials. By conventional wisdom we mean the statements (even stereotypes) we’ve all read about, such as Millennials’ pursuit of work-life balance over money, or their expectation of rising rapidly in their chosen careers. Are these and other stereotypes really true?
In the near future, a new generation will occupy just about every leadership position of consequence in the world, be it in business, education, government, or the non-profit sector. This begs a number of questions. Will the new generation be ready to lead? If so, how will they lead? How can the preceding generations prepare them to take on the monumental challenges the world will be facing? How will these challenges depend on the cultural context in which they are embedded? The pursuit for answers to such questions was the raison d’etre for the partnership between THF, the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, and Universum, from which the first large-scale, global study of millennials’ attitudes and their implications for employers emerged in 2014. The focus in this second iteration of the survey will be on comparing attitudes toward leadership across both cultures and generations, and will cover Generations X, Y and Z. The research will further explore implications that attitudes toward technology and education will have for leadership. Results will be available toward the end of 2016. The research project is led by Professor Henrik Bresman, a Senior Advisor to THF.