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Assembling the Global University: Networks, Interdisciplinarity, and Institutional Change

Assembling the Global University: Networks, Interdisciplinarity, and Institutional Change
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Author(s): Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (University of Washington Bothell, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 12
Source title: Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Diane J. Salter (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3661-3.ch022


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This chapter examines the emergence of the global artistic-entrepreneurial university, the increasing importance of interdisciplinary and innovative pedagogies, and how these new emphases are shaping institutional change. The first section analyzes the global university as an “assemblage,” a process that gathers ideas, materialities, digitized platforms, and human beings into a new form of higher education. Because of the impacts on higher education of the flows of capital, technology, people, and cultural practices in both the “East” and the “West,” this form of the university transcends regional and national boundaries as it builds networks of learning around the world. The second section of the chapter focuses on the increasing importance of interdisciplinarity and developing active and integrative pedagogies organized around fundamental skills and questions. In order to ground the discussion in particular sites, the authors use examples from the University of Hong Kong’s new Core Curriculum and from the University of Washington Bothell’s Discovery Core for first-year students. In the final section, the chapter addresses what the next steps might look like as institutions change themselves to fit a globalized context. This section returns to the idea of the global university as a “hub of an ecology of studio-labs” (Parks, 2005, p. 57) and suggest that the “managerial” university is transitioning into a more flexible model of the “artistic-entrepreneurial” university in order to prosper in an extremely competitive and generative global environment.

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