Edited By Fred Dervin and Regis Machart
The Shifting Boundaries of the Academic Profession in Malaysia: A Comparative Perspective
Motivating the discourse on the need for quality higher education is the belief that knowledge creation, dissemination and production must be encouraged as entities to be entrenched in a lifelong culture in all societies and that all countries have a role to play in this expanding knowledge network (Kaur, Morshidi Sirat & Norzaini Azman, 2008). The professoriate has to be highly responsive to its changing environments that include the institution, society and government. It has to adhere to policies set by its institutions and government while responding to the society’s needs. Admittedly, with the influences of globalisation and internationalisation, the professoriate has an extra responsibility to respond to, i.e. international force. Internationalisation, especially in the Malaysian context, requires academic staff to increase their international experience, not only by obtaining foreign degrees but also to gain international teaching and research knowledge. To some extent, this has spurred the need for academics to be mobile and dynamic in search of international experience but one may argue that this is not a common trait among the Malaysian professoriate.
Comparative analyses on various aspects of academic work continue to garner a lot of interest. While analyses on the Malaysian professoriate are still at the developmental stage, many other countries have various ways of evaluating the faculty. Professors in Germany and USA, for instance, are also evaluated based on their ability to secure external funding to manage their research projects (Musselin, 2005 as cited in Musselin, 2007). Lack...
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