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Professor POSTIGLIONE, Gerard A.

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Professor POSTIGLIONE, Gerard A.


Chair Professor

Chair Professor in Higher Education

Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education

Tel: (852) 2859 2526

Location: Room 422, Runme Shaw Building

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative sociology of Asian higher education, access and equity, university graduate employment, the academic profession, cross-border partnerships.

Areas of Expertise

Postiglione has published over 150 articles and chapters, and 16 books. His books include: Mass Higher Education in East Asia, Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education, Asian Higher Education, Education and Social Change in China, China’s National Minority Education, and China’s Precarious Balance (forthcoming). He is editor of Chinese Education and Society, and four book series on education in China.

In 2006, he received the Outstanding Research Supervisor Award from the University of Hong Kong. In 2011, he received the Best Book Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. In 2014, he received the Humanities and Social Science Prestigious Fellowship Award by the Research Grants Council. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Contribution Award from the Comparative and International Education Society for studies in higher education. In 2016, he was honoured with an appointment as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for his contribution to education research. His autobiography is forthcoming in Leaders in the Sociological Study of Education.

He has been a consultant to 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 also advised international foundations, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on the academic profession. He was senior consultant to the Ford Foundation on educational reform and cultural vitality in China. He worked on reports for China’s National Reform and Development Commission, State Education Commission and Ministry of Education.

In the media, 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, Shanghai Education, and he has written for Hong Kong’s English and Chinese language press. He was invited to brief the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Education and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. He has attended functions at The White House Rose Garden and China’s Great Hall of the People.

He held sabbatical appointments at Yale University Council on East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Columbia University Institute for East Asian Studies, Stanford University School of Education, Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education, and George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. In China, he held visiting appointments at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Peking University and Shanghai Jiaotong University.

  1. Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, April 9, 2016, Washington DC.
  2. Lifetime Contribution Award for Studies in Higher Education, the Comparative and International Education Society, March 11, 2015, Washington DC.
  3. Humanities and Social Science Prestigious Fellow, Universities Grants Committee, Research Grants Council, 2015-6, Hong Kong.
  4. Best Book Award, Comparative and International Education Society, May 1, 2011, Toronto.
  5. Outstanding Research Supervisor Award, 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. (Full Text)

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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