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Global aspirations and local talent: the development of creative higher education in Singapore


Comunian, R and Ooi, CS, Global aspirations and local talent: the development of creative higher education in Singapore, The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 22, (1) pp. 58-79. ISSN 1028-6632 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/10286632.2015.1101085


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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:higher education; Singapore; creative economy; creative careers; creative policies
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Comparative and cross-cultural education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:117621
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-06-21
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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