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Professor POSTIGLIONE, Gerard A.

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Professor POSTIGLIONE, Gerard A.


Associate Dean (Research)

Chair Professor

Professor, Chair of Higher Education
Director, Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China

Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education

Tel: (852) 2859 2526

Location: Room 422, Runme Shaw Building

Areas of Expertise:

Access to Higher Education; The Changing Academic Profession; Cross-Border University Partnerships; Establishing World Class Research Universities, etc.

Areas of Expertise

His scholarship focuses on reform and development in China and East Asia. His research and policy expertise includes:

Access to higher education
The changing academic profession
Cross-border university partnerships
Establishing world class research universities
Multiethnic and multicultural higher education
The transition from university to the workplace
Knowledge networks and academic productivity

He has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and 15 books. His books include: Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia, Education and Social Change in China, China’s National Minority Education, Asian Higher Education, East Asia at School, and Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education. He is also editor of the journal, Chinese Education and Society, and four book series about China for Routledge Press, Rowman and Littlefield, M.E. Sharpe, and Hong Kong University Press. 

He has been a consultant for projects of the Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development (UK), Institute of International Education (US), International Development Research Center (CA), Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, World Bank, and other international agencies. He has been brought to over 20 countries to speak on educational reform topics.

He has also advised international foundations, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on the academic profession, and he was senior consultant to the Ford Foundation on educational reform and cultural vitality in China. He advised the China Ministry of Education on educational policy.  He was also invited to brief the Office of the US Secretary, Department of Education on education reform in China, and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

He held sabbatical appointments at Stanford University School of Education, Peking University Institute of Higher Education,  Yale University Council on East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Columbia University Institute for East Asian Studies, and Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education. In China, he held visiting appointments at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Peking University, Beijing Normal University, Minzu University, Fudan University, Southwest University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Northwest Normal University and Xiamen University.

  1. Lifetime Contribution Award for studies in higher education from the Comparative and International Education Society (Awarded on March 11, 2015, Washington DC Hilton Hotel, Higher Education SIG).
  2. Humanities and Social Science Prestigious Fellow, Universities Grants Committee, Research Grants Council, (2015-6)
  3. Best Book Award,  Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education, Springer Press, awarded by the Comparative and International Education Society (May 1, 2011)
  4. Outstanding Supervisor Award 2006, The University of Hong Kong (December 2006).
  1. Consultant on Report: Transforming Toward a High Income China: Challenges and Recommendations, National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, Asian Development Bank, Diaoyutai Guesthouse, Beijing, 23 October, 2015.
  2. Consultant on Technical Assistance for Asian Development Bank: People's Republic of China, Policies for Promoting Employment of University Graduates, 2014-2015.
  3. Humanities and Social Science Prestigious Fellowship Research: Rejuvenating Chinese Higher Education: Juggling Internationalization, Institutional Autonomy, and Educational Sovereignty (2015-16).
  4. Public Policy Research Grant for Central Policy Unit of Hong Kong: Hong Kong-Guangdong University Partnerships: Toward Regional Integration of Higher Education in South China (2013-2016).
  5. General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council: Family influence on school achievement in rural areas of Western China, (2013-2015)


Recent Publications

J.C. Shin, Gerard A. Postiglione, and Futao Huang (2015) Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia: Strategy, Quality, and Challenges, Springer Press, 2015.

Ailei Xie and Gerard A. Postiglione (2015) Guanxi and school success: an ethnographic inquiry of parental involvement in rural China, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/01425692.2014.1001061 

Gerard A. Postiglione (2014): What Matters in Global Outreach? The Case of the University of Hong Kong. Prepared for: Global Outreach of World Class Universities: How it Affects Higher Education Systems. Publication of WCU-5 Shanghai Jiaotong University, March 2014. (Full Text)

Shin, Jung; Jung, Jisun; Gerard A. Postiglione; Azman, Norzaini (2014) Research Productivity of Returnees from Study Abroad in Korea, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning Policy, Dec 2014, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p467-487. 21p.

Gerard A. Postiglione (2013): Anchoring globalization in Hong Kong's research universities: network agents, institutional arrangements, and brain circulation. Studies in Higher Education, Volume 38, Number 3, April 2013, pp. 345-366.

Gerard A. Postiglione (2013) Improving Transitions: From School to University to Workplace, Asian Development Bank.

Philip G. Altbach and Gerard A. Postiglione (2012): Hong Kong's Academic Advantage. Peking University Education Review, October 2012.

Gerard A. Postiglione (2011): Higher education - University challenge. China Economic Quarterly, May 2011, pp. 22-25.

Gerard A. Postiglione (2011): The Rise of Research Universities: The Case of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Role of the Overseas Chinese Academic Profession. Published in Philip Altbach and Jamil Salmi, The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World Class Research Universities Washington D.C. The World Bank, 2011.

Gerard A. Postiglione (2011): Global recession and higher education in eastern Asia: China, Mongolia and Vietnam. Higher Education The International Journal of Higher Education Research, ISSN 0018-1560, Volume 62, Number 6. High Educ (2011) 62:789-814, DOI 10.1007/s10734-011-9420-4.

Professional Community Services

He appeared on CNN and China’s CCTV, wrote for the New York Times and Washington Post, and has been quoted in New York Times, International New York Times, and other publications such as Science, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Newsweek, Shanghai Education, and he has written for Hong Kong’s English and Chinese language press.

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