Ideas, Debates, and More: Meeting of European and Asian Higher Education Researchers

The Geopolitics of Transnational Higher Education Partnerships: ‘Equal’ Partnerships in Chinese HE

Speaker: Dr Miguel Antonio LIM  The University of Manchester

Chair: Dr Jisun JUNG  The University of Hong Kong

Date: 21 January 2022 (Friday)

Time: 16:00-17:00 (HK Time) by zoom

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This presentation discusses the evolution of governance of transnational higher education (TNHE) partnerships and reviews the purposes of these partnerships. By focusing on the case of Sino-foreign educational partnerships, it will outline TNHE as a part of ‘national‘ development strategies. In China, and other countries, TNHE partnerships are seen as an important part of the drive to build ‘World Class Universities’. China’s case shows an increasing orientation towards quality over quantity of partnerships and a growing role for geopolitics in the choice of its universities’ HE partners.


Miguel is a specialist in research and policy issues in international and transnational higher education. His research focuses on the challenges facing universities and national higher education systems in relation to internationalisation.

He is originally from the Philippines and has worked in a variety of countries and roles in the higher education sector. His academic formation includes degrees in economics (University of the Philippines), public affairs (Sciences Po-Paris), public and economic policy (the London School of Economics) and education (Aarhus University Denmark).

He has also worked in higher education administration as well as teaching and research. Previously, he worked on international partnerships for Sciences Po-Paris at their Asia Pacific Center and was the Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network Secretariat.