Global Aspirations and Local Talent: The Development og Creative Higher Education in Singapore

Roberta Comunian, Can-Seng Ooi

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    This paper explores higher education development and policy shifts in Singapore over the last decade, within a landscape of an increasingly globalised creative economy and international cultural policy transfer. Using qualitative interviews with key players in policy and higher education institutions, the paper aims to explain the push and pull factors behind investment in creative higher education. It considers the emerging dynamics and diverse patterns, embedded in a society where higher education interactions with economic development have a long history and pragmatic rationale. While still in the early days of these investments, the paper argues that there are some global policy lessons to be learnt from the case of Singapore and the role that higher education can play in developing a creative economy, while striving to overcome issues of over-supply and innate vulnerability of creative careers.
    TidsskriftInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)58-79
    Antal sider22
    StatusUdgivet - 2016


    • Higher education
    • Singapore
    • Creative careers
    • Creative polities