|Higher education research, which was once trying to establish itself and confirm its status as a research field, is now accepted as an important research field across societies globally. Specifically, the last decades have seen dramatic developments in the field. This study mapped the development of the higher education field in the last two decades using novel natural language processing techniques. The study covered the abstracts of all articles published between 2000 and 2021 in the six core journals of higher education research. The findings highlight 15 emergent research topics, some of which are new additions that have not been highlighted before. Furthermore, the study analyzed these 15 research topics together with relevant covariates, such as publication year, funding status, collaboration, world region, and journal. Moreover, we examined the level of diversity of abstracts by these covariates. Based on these analyses, the study argues for seven major patterns in the development of higher education research in the last two decades.
Chair: Dr Lili Yang, The University of Hong Kong Speakers: Dr Yusuf Ikbal Oldac and Dr Francisco Olivos, Lingnan University
Yusuf Ikbal Oldac is a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Postdoctoral Fellow based at the School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University. He is also a Core Centre Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies of the same university. He obtained his PhD in Education from the University of Oxford. His research focuses on international and comparative higher education in the context of globalisation. His specific areas of interest include global science, international students, and student agency and self-formation. You can follow him on Twitter: @YusufOldac. Francisco Olivos is a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University. He obtained a PhD in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master degree in Sociology and Social research from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research interests are computational social sciences, cultural sociology, and inequality. Date: May 18, 2023 (Thursday) Time: 17:00 to 18:15 Hong Kong Time by Zoom