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Professor POSTIGLIONE, Gerard A.


Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor

Academic Unit of Social Contexts and Policies of Education, Faculty of Education, HKU

Postiglione studies issues in higher education in China and East Asia. He is a pioneer among Western scholars and his fluency in Chinese has resulted in innovative primary research and fieldwork. He brings sociological, and policy perspectives to issues in Asian education, such as the academic profession, world class universities, equitable access, and graduate employment. He is one of the researchers most sought after by international organization concerned with Asia’s educational reform and by major media outlets to inform the public on issues of globalization and higher education. Postiglione’s current research asks how universities change as they become socially embedded, while responding to changes in the world order.

New Release:

Postiglione, G. A., C. Johnstone, W. Teter (Eds.) (2023). Handbook of Education Policy. London: Edward Elgar Press.

Recent Publications:

Postiglione, G. A. (forthcoming). Chinese higher education: Domestic demands and global aspirations.

Postiglione, G. A., C. Johnstone, W. Teter (Eds.) (2023). Handbook of Education Policy. London: Edward Elgar Press.

Postiglione, G. A.  (2023 July 28), No place for ethnic profiling of academics, whether in Hong Kong or US universities, South China Morning Post

Huang, F., & Postiglione, G. A. (2022). Are Global University Ranking Tables Still Valued in China?. International Higher Education, (112), 37-38. doi:

Zhang, L. F., Li, M. T., Fan, W. Q., Chang, B. R., & Postiglione, G. A. (2022). Thinking styles and vocational identity among senior-year students in elite universities in mainland China. Thinking Skills and Creativity. Volume 45, ISSN 1871-1871.

Postiglione, G. A. (2022). Sino-US Relations and the Academic Research Enterprise: Strategic Competition versus a Convergence of Mutual Interests. American Journal of Chinese Studies, 29:1, 19-32.

Te, Alice and Postiglione, G. A. (2022). Higher Education in the Guangdong, Hong Kong Macau Greater Bay Area, Asian Education and Development Studies. Volume 11:1, pp.1-6.

Postiglione, G. A. (2022) A US-China decoupling in higher education does not serve the development goals of either, South China Morning Post, November 2.

Altbach, Philip G. and Postiglione, G. A. (2022, Feb 13) The Future of China and the Chinese Language in Global Higher Education. Times Higher Education.

Jung, J., Horta, H, and Postiglione, G. A. (2021). Living in uncertainty: the COVID-19 pandemic and higher education in Hong Kong. Studies in Higher Education. 46(7).

Jung, J., Horta, H., Zhang, Lf., Postiglione, G. A. (2021). Factors fostering and hindering research collaboration with doctoral students among academics in Hong Kong. Higher Education.

Postiglione, G. A. (2020). Expanding Higher Education: China’s Precarious Balance. The China Quarterly. 244. 920-941.