Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Edith Cowan University, Western Australia in association with Khon Kaen University, Thailand and Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University, Thailand.


EDU-COM 2008 International Conference. Sustainability in Higher Education: Directions for Change, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia, 19-21 November 2008.


Globalization has at least four far reaching implications for higher education. First is the constriction of monies available for discretionary activities, such as post secondary education. Second is the growing importance of techno science and fields closely involved with the markets, particularly the international markets? Third is the tightening relationship between multinational corporations and state agencies concerned with product development and innovations. Fourth is the increased focus of multinationals and established industrial countries on global intellectual property strategies. This paper argues interconnections among globalization, higher education and international politics, their different impacts and implications. In this paper the author offers a brief literature review about globalization and its impact on higher education. We argue that cultural institutions in general and higher education in particular, reproduce the dynamic of the social system in which they are embedded. The paper illustrates the phenomenon by which the higher education and its policies have been shifting toward the globalization model. It focuses on higher education as a non-political factor paving the way for mutual understanding and collaboration in international environments.