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ERI-Net Expert Meeting on Academic Promotion of Higher Education Teaching Personnel

UNESCO Bangkok and IPPTN Malaysia co-hosted
ERI-Net Expert Meeting on Academic Promotion of Higher Education Teaching Personnel, 20_21 May 2014, Penang, Malaysia



Experts Review on Academic Promotion of Higher Education Teaching Personnel in Asia-Pacific

Penang, Malaysia   |   20-21 May, 2014

In Asia-Pacific, increasing enrolments have challenged the status of higher education teaching personnel. The growing number of higher education institutions has raised important questions about governance and how academic personnel are recruited, evaluated and promoted. To study the issue, researchers from the Education Research Institutes Network (ERI-Net) met in Penang, Malaysia from 20-21 May to discuss the role of academic promotion in enhancing the status of higher education teaching personnel in Asia and the Pacific. As part of the 2014 ERI-Net research programme, UNESCO Bangkok and its partner, the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) in Malaysia co-hosted national experts from 12 countries/systems to study academic promotion within the region.

Commenting on the issue, Dr. Libing Wang of UNESCO Bangkok said: “Academic promotion is critical in contributing to the fulfilment of the three core functions of higher education institutions - teaching, research and social service. Higher education teaching personnel should enjoy a balanced, transparent and open system of career development including fair procedures for appointment, promotion and other key mechanisms of good governance.”

During the ERI-Net Annual Meeting in 2013, participating Member States selected academic promotion as a priority research topic. A research framework was finalized during the Penang meeting in order to map the issue more systematically and gather best practices and policies that may strengthen academic promotion mechanisms throughout the region. A forthcoming publication will include case studies and a regional synthesis report to be disseminated widely in support of Member States throughout Asia and the Pacific.

Research on academic promotion is bolstered by the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel, a unique policy instrument to support academic personnel. Results from the ERI-Net experts will feed into the global monitoring of current trends related to the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation. The ERI-Net researchers will present their final reports and national case studies in November 2014 in Hangzhou, China.

Key Resources:

      ◊ Concept Note

      ◊ Meeting Programme

      ◊ Research Framework


Country/System Presentations:

  • Australia (Martin Hayden, Head, School of Education, Southern Cross University) - .pdf ~ 3.8MB
  • Cambodia (Leang Un, Deputy Director, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport) - .pdf ~ 290KB
  • China (ZHU, Huaixin, Zhejiang University) - .pdf ~ 2.6MB
  • Hong Kong SAR (Gerard A. Postiglione, Associate Dean/Research, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong) - .pdf ~ 1.3MB
  • India (Jandhyala Tilak, Head, Department of Educational Finance, National University of Educational Planning and Administration) - .pdf ~ 2.8MB
  • Indonesia (Helmi, Vice Rector for Planning, Development and Cooperation, Andalas University) - .pdf ~ 540KB
  • Republic of Korea (Kiyong Byun, Director, Higher Education Policy Research Institute, Republic of Korea; Associate Professor, Department of Education, Korea University) - .pdf ~ 3MB
  • Malaysia (Ibrahim Che Omar, UMK; Ahmad Nurulazam Mohd Zain, USM; Aida Suraya Mohd Yunus, UPM; Norzaini Azman, UMT/UKM) - .pdf ~ 850KB
  • Philippines (Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Senior Specialist, SEAMEO INNOTECH) - .pdf ~ 1.4MB
  • Sri Lanka (Ranjith Senaratne, Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission) .pdf ~800KB
  • Thailand (Nopraenue S. Dhirathiti, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University) - .pdf ~630KB
  • UNESCO Bangkok (Libing Wang, Senior Programme Specialist in Higher Education, ERI-Net Secretariat, UNESCO Bangkok) - .pdf ~355KB
  • UNESCO Bangkok (Satoko Yano, Programme Specialist, ERI-Net Secretariat, UNESCO Bangkok) - .pdf ~ 866KB


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